Authorities in Austin are investigating claims that black, Hispanic and Asian students at the University of Texas have been attacked with balloons full of bleach — but many at the school are insisting that it’s not a hate crime.
“A bleach-bomb fell and hit me, my roommate; well almost hit us. It barely missed us,” student Jaysen Runnels told KVUE. “It’s very frustrating to know that it’s 2012 and that stuff like this still happens.”
Several students, however, told the station that the attacks had nothing to do with race.
“I see it from my balcony,” student Pete Desai explained. “I think it is just who ever happens to walk by at the time.”
Sophie Weiner recalled that she had seen the attacks happen “for the past three years, all the time.”
Austin Police Department Officer Steve McCormick said that the allegations were being investigated, but hate crimes were difficult to prove, according to KVUE.
“It can be difficult to prove because it is motivation,” Steve McCormick pointed out. “Motivation can be very subjective.”
A “bleach bomb” attack is considered an assault, regardless of whether a hate crime can be proven, police said.
Watch this video from KVUE, broadcast Oct. 4, 2012.
Here are 7 wild, bizarre and pathetic moments from Trump’s ‘campaign launch’
On Tuesday night, President Donald Trump held a rally that was billed as the official launch his re-election campaign — though he has never really stopped holding campaign rallies.
As expected, the president ranted, lied, and engaged in the raucous attacks that are central to his connection with Republican voters. Some of it was actually just sad, such as his continued obsession with Hillary Clinton.
Here are seven of the wildest, disturbing and pathetic moments from the rally:
1. He said Democrats "want to destroy our country as we know it."
Trump casually accuses Democrats of "want[ing] to destroy you and they want to destroy our country as we know it." pic.twitter.com/4K79KlbEeR
British PM candidates clash over Brexit as Boris Johnson skips debate
Candidates to become Britain's next prime minister clashed over Brexit strategy at their first debate on Sunday but the frontrunner, Boris Johnson, dodged the confrontation.
The 90-minute debate on Channel 4 featured the five remaining candidates and an empty podium for Johnson, the gaffe-prone former foreign secretary and former mayor of London.
In sometimes ill-tempered exchanges, four of the five candidates said they would seek to renegotiate the draft Brexit divorce deal agreed with Brussels even though EU leaders have repeatedly ruled this out.
Michael Cohen ordered back to Congress on March 6
President Donald Trump's so-called "fixer" is being asked to return to Congress for more questioning on March 6.
Outside of the closed-door committee hearing Thursday, Cohen said that the House Intelligence Committee is seeking further information, according to Washington Examiner writer Byron York.
Michael Cohen finished closed-door testimony before House Intel Committee, says he's coming back for another session March 6. Again: No reason for secrecy. Transcripts should be released ASAP.
— Byron York (@ByronYork) February 28, 2019