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Arrest made in Islamophobic Beloit College hate crime

The City of Beloit Police Department announced today that Michael Kee’19, age 20, had been arrested in connection with a recent Islamophobic hate crime on the Beloit College campus. Kee is accused of obstruction, disorderly conduct and criminal damage.

According to the report, Kee spray painted their own door and wall with a swastika and racial slurs. The Beloit Police say that Kee confessed to the crime, noting how the Beloit College community had come together in the wake of the anti-Semitic hate crimes earlier in the week “and wanted similar attention.”

“The false report by Kee may only serve to delegitimize other victims of these types of egregious offenses,” said the Beloit Police in their report. “However, we believe it is important for our community to know that Kee’s incident does not diminish our resolve going forward with these reported incidents and any other reported crimes of this nature.”

The fabricated incident has been referred to the Rock County district attorney’s office for possible charges, according to Beloit police.

6 thoughts on “Arrest made in Islamophobic Beloit College hate crime”

  1. maia says:

    i understand the impulse to publicize news when it happens but i would personally really appreciate if the article about the arrest that you wrote and published on the round table website was taken down. this news and these hate crimes and the general tone on campus personally affect me and many many other students on this campus. i truly feel that publishing that article at this time when there is very little information available to us and we don’t know the salience of that information will do more harm than good. this is a respectful personal request that many other students on this campus i feel would appreciate if you went through on. thank you.

    1. Dr. Necessitor says:

      Facts matter. As a presumed adult, your feelings are your own to master.

      1. Paul says:

        Huzzah!!

    2. Sad Beloit Alum says:

      The article does not speculate, does not pontificate, and sticks to the limited facts available. The staff of the Round Table are doing their job, and they are doing it well. You are not being “affected” by the article, you are being “affected” by reality. For the love of god, please pull your head out of the sand and try to change the tone, not hide from it. Its requests like this that are the reason our generation is universally despised.

  2. Jon says:

    It is claimed that Kee is a Muslim. But pictures of him show a blue-eyed white guy. Is he really a Muslim? The right wing media is reporting this as a Muslim faking a hate crime. Is that really the case?

    1. Jess says:

      Just because someone is of a certain color does not define if they could have joined a religion. Most religions are completely welcoming of diversity.

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