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MU police report shines light on student anti-Semitic remark investigation

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COLUMBIA, Mo. - ABC 17 News received a copy of the police report Thursday involving the investigation into two students accused of making anti-Semitic remarks and harassing another student.

MU Police arrested Noah Rogers, a sophomore, and Erich Eastman, a freshman, on Feb. 27 after responding to a call at McDavid Hall around 8 p.m.

The victim, a freshman student and of Jewish faith, told police Eastman posted anti-Semitic quotes on the ceiling of their dorm room.

According to the police report, Eastman and the victim were roommates in McDavid Hall.

The victim told police Eastman and Rogers had been referring to him as an anti-Semitic nickname since the beginning of the semester.

The victim also told police about an incident in October in which Rogers allegedly threw a full or half-full plastic water bottle at him from car and yelled the anti-Semitic nickname. 

Conversations with Eastman and Rogers were redacted from the police report.

Eastman and Rogers were both arrested on suspicion of first degree harassment. Rogers was also arrested on third degree assault charges motivated by discrimination.

As of Thursday afternoon, neither Eastman or Rogers had been formally charged in Boone County Court.

MU spokesperson Christian Basi said he couldn't comment on whether the university has taken any disciplinary action due to federal student privacy laws.


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