A student protest about the racist incident on campus has gone viral on TikTok. But now, the alleged victim is facing police misreporting charges.
Students at Southern Illinois Edwardsville University (SIUE) organized a protest after two white students allegedly harassed a Black student.
TikToker @ malomusic1’s videotapes of the protest went viral last week, receiving more than 798,000 views. The video shows students holding up posters citing racist comments that white students are said to have made.
@ malomusic1 A white girl sent these messages to a black girl on a college campus. We are waiting to see how she will be held accountable #SIUE #PWI #RACISM ♬ original sound – MaloMusic, Inc.
“You don’t belong here,” one person posted.
“Bastard, I’ll lynch you and your sister,” another read.
ONE next video shows screenshots of text messages and a photo of a sticky note left on the door of the alleged victim’s dorm room. Texts and notes containing racist and hateful language.
@ malomusic1 Reply @big_rashoe #RACISM #University #PWI they claim they need to #survey for more #evidence ♬ Spongebob Tomfoolery – Dante9k Remix – David Snell
Last week, the SIUE Police Department said it was investigating the incident.
On Friday, the series released a statement announced the results of that investigation, which it said it conducted in conjunction with the Madison County District Attorney’s Office and the United States Secret Service. The original two suspects have been cleared of any connection. Meanwhile, the complainant was charged with making false police statements on three counts.
“This incident should remind individuals of the importance of preserving and upholding due process and fairness of procedure and communication,” SIUE Police Chief Kevin Schmoll said in the statement.
Many community members were suspicious and upset by the police response. TikToker @cootacitty posted a videotapes on felony charges, currently has more than 10,000 views. In TikTok’s caption, @cootacitty said the school was “unfair and unjust.”
“I’m so sorry, but she [the Black student] didn’t get any justice,” @cootacitty said in the video. “But you know what she got? Three felonies. ”
@cootacitty Siue is unfair and unjust #siue #racismawareness #month of dark history #fyp #foryoupage ♬ original sound – Feed Me Seymour
Others have shared their thoughts in the comments of SIUE’s recent Facebook post notice fees.
“The idea that victims are accused has a very clear goal – to prevent students from reporting,” one commenter wrote. “There is absolutely no other reason to commit such an absurd act.”
“Give evidence to support this decision,” wrote another commenter. “Don’t expect black and brown students to accept when you have a history of not defending us. You are failing, and your BIPOC students deserve better. “
The Daily Dot has reached out to Southern Illinois Edwardsville University and the Madison State Attorney’s Office by email. We have also reached out to @malomusic1 and @cootacitty.
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*First published: February 5, 2022, 6:39 p.m. CST
Dana Ysabel Dela Cruz (last name/her name) is a writer, educator, and graduate student at Pratt Institute Information School. Their work has appeared in the Santa Barbara Independent, the Huffington Post and AsAmNews.
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