- Associated Press - Thursday, November 12, 2015

COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) - The latest on the protests and turmoil over racially charged incidents at the University of Missouri (all times local):

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9:15 a.m.

An investigator says a man accused of making online threats against black students and faculty at the University of Missouri’s Columbia campus admits some of the postings mimicked those linked to a deadly shooting rampage in Oregon last month.

Boone County prosecutors have charged 19-year-old Hunter M. Park with making a terroristic threat. He will be arraigned later Thursday.

The threats showed up Tuesday on the anonymous location-based messaging app Yik Yak and other social media.

A university police officer wrote in a probable cause statement that Park admitted he wrote the postings when confronted early Wednesday in his Rolla college dorm room. He says Park told him he was quoting part of an online threat that appeared ahead of last month’s Oregon college shooting involving a gunman who killed nine people and himself.

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8:55 a.m.

A 19-year-old man accused of making online threats against black students and faculty at the University of Missouri campus in Columbia is scheduled to make his first court appearance.

Boone County’s chief sheriff’s deputy, Maj. Tom Reddin, says Hunter M. Park of Lake St. Louis is scheduled to be arraigned about 1:30 p.m. Thursday, likely by closed-circuit video from the county jail where he is being held without bond. Park is charged with felony making a terroristic threat.

Park is a student at the University of Missouri Science and Technology in Rolla, where he was arrested early Wednesday in a dorm.

The online posts on Yik Yak and other social media Tuesday threatened to “shoot every black person I see.”

The threats followed the resignations Monday of the university system’s president and the Columbia campus’ chancellor after student protests over the university’s handling of complaints about racism

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8:55 a.m.

Blogs and Internet reports have questioned whether one of the most disturbing racial incidents at the University of Missouri really happened, but a police report confirms that it did.

The incident took place Oct. 24, when a swastika, scrawled in feces, was found in a dorm bathroom. Several postings have questioned if that really happened.

It did, according to a report filed by a campus police officer who saw the swastika, along with feces on the floor of the restroom.

The university system’s president and the Columbia campus chancellor announced their resignations Monday after racial unrest that included protests, a hunger strike and the football team’s threatened boycott of its next game. Activists felt administrators had not done enough to address racial concerns.

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