University student charged with hate crime for placing racist bumper stickers on activists' cars

University student charged over 'racist car bumper stickers'

​Andrew Joseph Oswalt has been charged

Friday, February 2, 2018

A university student has been charged with hate crime in Oregon after allegedly putting racist bumper stickers on other people’s cars.

​Andrew Joseph Oswalt has been charged with two counts of intimidation, which is a hate crime, and two counts of criminal mischief, according to local media.

Authorities claim the bumper stickers had a racist slur about African Americans printed on them and they were placed on the cars of social activists.

Fox News reported that the racial slurs were stuck over other messages in favour of refugees and immigration that the owners had placed on their cars.

The deputy district attorney for Benton County told newspaper The Oregonian the crime was "inspired by ignorance, fueled by racism and aimed at people of colour."

Oswalt is now being held in custody on bail of $250,000 (£175,700), according to court records.

If the bail is paid he’ll be subject to a ban from Oregon State University campus and will not be entitled to contact the Showing Up For Racial Justice group.

Yesterday (February 1) Oswalt denied the charges against him.