Prosecutor: No charges for racist comments against UC activist group

Prosecutor: No charges for racist comments against UC activist group

CINCINNATI (FOX19) - A University of Cincinnati student will not be charged for hateful comments made against activist group 'The Irate 8.'

Recent posts on social media, including comments such as "I don't know if I have enough rope for all of the irate8," prompted a review by the school and Hamilton County Prosecutor's Office.

The university found an African American male undergraduate student admitted to posting the comments, according to the prosecutor. The student indicated the comments were a "joke."

"There are no words that can explain our shock, pain, and literal irateness that a Black male would detach himself from his history to spew a threat disguised as a joke," read a statement posted to the Irate 8 Facebook Wednesday.

Prosecutor Joe Deters determined criminal charges were not appropriate in the specific situation, according to a statement from his office. The statement reads in-part:

We reviewed many criminal statues, including Inducing Panic Ohio Revised Code Section 2917.31, but nothing fits these crude comments. There is no law against making stupid and insensitive comments. The University is better positioned to handle this matter through possible school discipline.

UC officials have not said if the student will face disciplinary action.

The Irate 8 was formed after the July shooting death of Sam DuBose by former UC cop Ray Tensing. DuBose was unarmed when Tensing stopped him near campus for a missing front license plate. Tensing pleaded not guilty to the murder charge against him.

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