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Battery, hate crime reported on Stanford campus

Witness alerts authorities to encounter between two bicyclists

Stanford University deputies are searching for a woman who pushed and called another woman an ethnic slur on Stanford University's campus on Thursday, according to Department of Public Safety staff.

Between 12:30 and 12:40 p.m. on Thursday, two Asian women were riding their bicycles on Jane Stanford Way toward Arguello Way, according to an alert issued Saturday afternoon. They rode past a woman who then proceeded to use both of her hands to push one of the women biking to the ground. She stared at the woman who fell and "in a loud, angry manner" referred to the victim using a term that was later determined to be an ethnic slur, a hate crime, before walking away, according to the alert.

The victim declined medical attention and did not want to provide a statement to law enforcement about the incident. A witness to the incident made the police report and provided the information about what happened, the alert said.

The woman accused of battery and the hate crime is described as a white female in her 30s or 40s of average build, with short light brown hair, the alert said. She wore a black rain coat.

Anyone with information about the battery and hate crime is asked to call the department at 650-329-2413.


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9 people like this
Posted by so much crime at Stanford
a resident of Stanford
on Nov 9, 2019 at 3:52 pm

Seems like there were a dozen violent crimes at Stanford in just the past week. Is this normal? Is the end of Daylight Savings Time bringing driving some people crazy?

21 people like this
Posted by Nonsense
a resident of Menlo Park
on Nov 17, 2019 at 12:46 am

This is nonsense. I watched these two women literally ride into another women, who put her arms up to shield her body from the impact of the bike. When woman rode into her she yelled an expletive, most likely due to the pain of impact.

This was not a hate crime.

14 people like this
Posted by Nick
a resident of another community
on Nov 17, 2019 at 5:23 pm

I wasn't there, but what Nonsense is saying makes sense. A white woman yelling ethnic slurs at Asian women (for no reason) is very uncommon. For the above reason, it happens. There's no reason to yell racial slurs, but people act differently when they're ticked off, and purposely trying to offend. This doesn't sound like a hate crime to me. People that overreact are annoying.

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Posted by student
a resident of Stanford
on Nov 17, 2019 at 5:30 pm

Yelling racial slurs at strangers is always a hate crime. There is never an excuse. The only reason to it is that you are already a racist. Racial slurs don't just pop into your head.

11 people like this
Posted by Anon
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Nov 18, 2019 at 10:36 am

Posted by student, a resident of Stanford

>> Yelling racial slurs at strangers is always a hate crime.

You might want to read the legal definition of a "hate crime" in California. Here: Web Link

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Posted by Oh Well
a resident of Stanford
on Nov 19, 2019 at 3:28 pm

It's unfortunate that various ethnic slurs are now being reduced to bicycling oversights as well. I guess cars weren't enough.

What's next...pedestrian improprieties?

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Posted by Nick
a resident of another community
on Nov 19, 2019 at 8:47 pm

Yelling racial slurs is verbal abuse. It is not a hate crime. You don't have to be a lawyer or law enforcement to understand this. All it takes is common sense. People yell racial slurs because they know it's offensive, and they're trying to offend you. This isn't breaking news.

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