- The Washington Times - Wednesday, November 8, 2017

The Black Student Union at Kansas State University is demanding that charges be filed against a black man who admitted to police that he scrawled racist messages on his own car near campus.

Riley County Police announced Monday afternoon that 21-year-old Dauntarius Williams, of Manhattan, Kansas, would not face any charges after he filed a false report and later admitted to investigators that he was responsible for defacing his own car.

Officials said Mr. Williams “expressed sincere regret” that his actions had resulted in negative media attention and that filing charges against him “would not be in the best interests of the citizens who comprise the Manhattan community.”

Mr. Williams had reportedly contacted media outlets himself after painting the racial slurs on his car, claiming he recently withdrew as a student from Kansas State University and was the victim of a hate crime. The school said it had no record of Mr. Williams being a student, The Kansas City Star reported.

The incident caused an uproar on campus and black student groups met to discuss racism in the community.

Mr. Williams apologized Monday for what he described as a “Halloween prank that got out of hand.”

“I would like to deeply apologize to the community,” he said in a statement. “The whole situation got out of hand when it shouldn’t have even started. It was just a Halloween prank that got out of hand. I wish I could go back to that night but I can’t. I just want to apologize from the bottom of my heart for the pain and news I have brought you all.”

But the Black Student Union said that isn’t good enough. It’s demanding that Mr. Williams be charged for filing a false report and sparking fear in the community.

“The K-State Black Student Union is disheartened that no charges were filed by the Riley County Police Department,” the group said in a statement. “We believe that criminal charges should be filed and this would be in the best interest of the Manhattan community. The fact that an African American man committed this act should not undermine its effect on K-State students. The conduct of Mr. Williams does not negate the current racist and discriminatory actions that continue to occur on campus and in our community, state and nation.”

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