Skip to comments.Professor Is Accused of Staging Hate Crime by Vandalizing Her Own Car
Posted on 03/23/2004 4:22:51 PM PST by billorites
A psychology professor at Claremont McKenna College who said her car had been vandalized and painted with racist and sexist slurs was herself responsible for the damage, the police in Claremont, Calif., said Wednesday.
Kerri F. Dunn, a visiting professor of social psychology at Claremont McKenna, spoke at a campus forum about hate crimes on March 9. When she later returned to her vehicle, which she had parked on the campus, she said the front window had been smashed and all four tires slashed. According to Ms. Dunn, who complained to the college and the police, someone had used black spray-paint to scrawl "whore," "nigger lover," and "bitch" on the car.
The incident prompted administrators to cancel classes on March 10 at Claremont McKenna and the six other institutions that are part of the Claremont Colleges system. Hundreds of students marched on the campuses to protest the vandalism.
"Never in your wildest dreams did anyone expect such a violent act to take place here," said Marc S. Bathgate, who is a junior and president-elect of the student government at Claremont McKenna, located in a quiet community about 30 miles east of Los Angeles. Students at the college are on spring break this week, but Mr. Bathgate said on Thursday that those he had spoken with felt "shocked, confused, angry, disgusted, and betrayed" by the possibility that Ms. Dunn was the perpetrator, not the victim.
The Claremont Police Department and the Federal Bureau of Investigation said they have completed their investigation of the incident.
"During the course of the investigation, two eyewitnesses came forward who positively identified the victim as vandalizing her own vehicle," said a statement released by the police on Wednesday. "Additionally, interviews with the alleged victim revealed inconsistencies in her statements regarding the incident."
Ms. Dunn could not be reached for comment on Thursday. But in an article in Thursday's Los Angeles Times, she said she was "enraged" at the police allegations. "This is so overshadowing the bigger problem on campus, which is that the administration has turned its head regularly on hate speech and hate crimes," Ms. Dunn told the newspaper.
Ms. Dunn, a white woman who earned her Ph.D. from the University of Nebraska at Lincoln, has been teaching at Claremont McKenna for a year and a half under a contract that ends in June. "Based on the information from the police investigation, Claremont McKenna College will be conducting a further investigation into the professor's employment relationship with the college," said Pamela B. Gann, the college's president.
After the vandalism occurred, the college offered a $10,000 reward for information leading to the perpetrator. In an interview on Thursday, Ms. Gann said it was too soon to say whether the money would be distributed.
Two incidents earlier this year have concerned administrators and students at the Claremont Colleges. In January four athletes were punished for taking an 11-foot-tall cross from Pomona College and burning it at Harvey Mudd College -- both part of the Claremont system. They told the police it was a prank, not a hate crime.
Then, in February, a picture of George Washington Carver hanging in a dormitory at Claremont McKenna was defaced. The incidents led Claremont McKenna to sponsor the forum at which Ms. Dunn spoke.
According to the Los Angeles Times, the police said Ms. Dunn could be charged with filing a false report, a misdemeano
Fer shure! Like, it is SO totally bogus not to let the, like, end justify the, you know, means. Like, gag me with a spoon!
Well, then you shouldn't have done it. Anyway, this is not an uncommon event at today's universities. Her next defense will be that although she should not have done what she did, it is important to understand the institutional racsim, sexism, and homophobia at the campus that prompted her to do it.
Not wanting to pay up, now,?
Goin' out with a bang, huh? Something tells me that this woman doesn't get enough bangs in her life. I bet she is a flaming lesbo.
Dunns actions not only overshadowed campus hate crimes, they discredited them. This is the lesson that wont be forgotten on the 6 campuses that were closed for a day.
Now see, normal people would react with "I didn't do it No-one saw me do it. You can't prove I did it"
This was actually a pretty great place to live until all of the carpetbagging freaks from the midwest brought their nonsense here.
Be careful of what and of whom you bash...
This sounds remarkably similar to the Tawana Brawley case, which propelled Al Sharpton to national
fame infamy in the late 1980s.
In the Brawley case, she was allegedly abducted by a group of white men who stripped her naked and scrawled racial epithets all over her body. The police knew immediately that it was a hoax, because -- get this -- the word "nigger" was spelled wrong.
You can't make this sh!t up. LOL.
Ha!! Unless it's a minority-on-white, or minority-accusing-a-white, then, my friend, all bets are off.
I think her defense will be, IT COULD HAVE HAPPENED.
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