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Man threatens, yells ethnic slur at UC student before assault, court records show

The victim was allegedly assaulted because of their race, court records state.
The victim was allegedly assaulted because of their race, court records state.
Published: Aug. 18, 2021 at 11:35 AM EDT
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CINCINNATI (WXIX) - A man is facing assault and ethnic intimidation charges after yelling, “you gonna die for bringing the Kung flu here,” at a University of Cincinnati student before punching him.

Darrin Johnson, 24, was in the 200 block of Calhoun Street where he allegedly wanted to harm the victim Tuesday because of his race, according to court records.

The court records do not mention what led up to Johnson yelling and punching the student.

Aashka Raval is a co-president of UC’s United Asian Advocates group, which offers support to Asian Pacific Islander students.

Raval said this kind of attack happens more often than people think.

“There have been multiple instances,” Raval claimed. “There was another student who had been assaulted on the same street. There was also an incident that happened with all of us in a Zoom call. People joined the Zoom call and yelled racial slurs at us.”

Raval said their biggest demand is for the administration to offer a racial bias reporting tool for students.

Darrin Johnson is facing charges of assault and ethnic intimidation, according to court records.
Darrin Johnson is facing charges of assault and ethnic intimidation, according to court records.(Cincinnati Police Department)

Johnson appeared in court Wednesday where he pleaded not guilty.

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