RPT reported yesterday that Dauntarius Williams, 21, of Manhattan, complained to police last week that his car was vandalized with racist graffiti. Williams later had to admit to police that he was the one who marked his own car with racist graffiti and swastikas.
Williams confessed to having put racist graffiti on his own car, parked it outside Kansas State University, and then filed a false police report. His explanation for the bizarre case of virtue signaling gone too far…a “Halloween prank that got out of hand.”
— Atlanta Black Star (@ATLBlackStar) November 7, 2017
As The Gateway Pundit reports, filing a false report is against the law and punishable by incarceration. Well… not according to the crack head in charge of the Rilley County police department who claimed, “The incident maybe wasn’t real — the emotions were.” Yes, you heard that right… they are still taking this false hate crime that wasted thousands in taxpayer money as a “learning experience”
A black Kansas man has admitted he put racist graffiti on his own car as a Halloween prank that got out of hand, police said Monday.
Photographs posted on social media Wednesday showed the car covered with racial slurs against blacks and messages that included “Go Home,” ”Date your own kind,” and “Die.”
The vehicle, covered in graffiti scrawled with washable paint, was parked Wednesday at an apartment complex near Kansas State University and the incident fueled racial tensions at the university and in the community.
An emergency meeting of the Black Student Union called that evening drew concerned administrators and community leaders as well as students. Kansas State held a Facebook Live event the next day with worried parents. The university stepped up patrols on campus. The FBI opened a civil rights investigation into a possible hate crime.
But on Monday the Riley County Police Department issued a news release saying the 21-year-old owner of the vehicle, Dauntarius Williams, had told investigators that he was responsible for the graffiti.
Authorities concluded that charging him for filing a false report would “not be in the best interests of the citizens” of Manhattan.
Even the possibility of a hate crime has a big impact on the fabric of daily lives, and “we want to acknowledge that people felt anger and pain as a result of pictures and words that they saw,” Kansas State University spokesman Jeff Morris said Monday in a phone interview. “Those are very real responses.”
Given the climate in the country, the university plans to continue its stepped-up patrols and its review into whether more cameras are needed to enhance safety on campus.
“The incident maybe wasn’t real — the emotions were,” Morris said.
Police said Williams was “genuinely remorseful and expressed sincere regret” that his actions resulted in negative media attention, and the agency issued a statement from him in their release in which he apologized to the community.
“The whole situation got out of hand when it shouldn’t have even started,” Williams said. “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.”
Police said they recognized the difficulties the case created.
“While Williams’ mistake had a decidedly negative impact on the community, please recognize that he, like many of us when we were young, is a young man who made a mistake and is now doing his best to own up to it,” said Brad Schoen, director of the Riley County Police Department.
◊ No Charges in Racist Graffiti Case ◊
November 6, 2017
MANHATTAN, KAN. – On November 1, 2017, Officers with the Riley County Police Department were called to the 2200 block of Claflin Road regarding a parked vehicle in an area apartment complex that had been defaced with racist graffiti and a threat. During the course of the investigation, the owner of the vehicle, Dauntarius Williams, 21, of Manhattan, admitted to investigators that he was responsible for the graffiti.
This admission led to a series of conversations between the Riley County Police Department Director Brad Schoen and the Riley County Attorney Barry Wilkerson. Director Schoen and County Attorney Wilkerson concluded that despite having filed a false report, the filing of criminal charges against Williams for having done so would not be in the best interests of the citizens who comprise the Manhattan community.
For his part, Williams was genuinely remorseful and expressed sincere regret that his actions had resulted in the negative media attention that resulted.
“I would like to deeply apologize to the community. 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,” Williams said.
RCPD recognizes the difficulties this case created in the community and the emotions that matters of this nature bring to the surface. While the community response to the incident was warranted based on the information available at the time, the facts are now different than previously reported. We want to encourage everyone to take a moment to reflect on this new information. We hope the community will remain vigilant, engaged and concerned for the safety and wellbeing of our fellow citizens.
“While Williams’ mistake had a decidedly negative impact on the community, please recognize that he, like many of us when we were young, is a young man who made a mistake and is now doing his best to own up to it,” Director Schoen said.
The Riley County Police Department would like to thank the FBI for their assistance in the case.
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