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Monday, April 26, 2004

Hoax hate crime professor charged

Didn't I mention the case already? Apparently not.

It's a snappy immediate lede from AP (April 26):
A Claremont McKenna College psychology professor who claimed someone vandalized her car with racist and anti-Semitic slurs was charged Monday with filing a false police report and insurance fraud, the Los Angeles County district attorney's office said.

Kerri Dunn's victim status was that she was
a Catholic "considering" converting to Judaism
how did Dunn's purported assailants know this?

Actual investigation took time to occur: the grievance-meisters shoot first and ask questions later:
Reaction was immediate and forceful. The day after the March 9 incident, all classes were dismissed, and students, staff and faculty staged daylong sit-ins, teach-ins, forums and rallies. Speakers emotionally denounced the hate crime on the campus of Claremont McKenna College, one of seven private colleges and universities in the foothills of the San Gabriel Mountains.

Apparently, Dunn has a conviction for shoplifting.

The woman is white: one can't help wondering whether, in similar circumstances, the cops would have charged a hoaxer of colour. No doubt, one could have relied on Al Sharpton to stand in the schoolhouse door for any budding Tawana Brawley...

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