BERTHOUD, Colo. (CBS4) – A black foreign exchange student from Germany says she was viciously attacked in a park in Berthoud. Now police are calling it a hate crime.
Police say a group of white men accosted the 15-year-old student in Bein Park, which is right next to Berthoud High School.
The girl is a junior at Berthoud High School. Last Thursday she was walking home through the park when she said she was accosted by four men.
The police say they have little doubt it was racially motivated because she said the men told her that they were looking for a minority — a Hispanic or gay, but a black would do. They then told her to bend down, and bow down.
“I’m stunned. This doesn’t happen. We don’t have a racial problem here,” student Morgan Madden said.
“Everybody wants to find the guys who did it and beat them up,” student Kaylena Young said.
The exchange student said she was walking home from a track meet. She said the four white men appeared to be non-students in their 20s.
“They made some racially intimidating and frightening comments to the young lady,” Chief Glen Johnson with Berthoud police said. … Read More