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No hate crime charges have been filed against the man who shouted racial slurs at the Utah women’s basketball team
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No hate crime charges have been filed against the man who shouted racial slurs at the Utah women’s basketball team

BOISE, Idaho — A northern Idaho prosecutor will not file hate crime charges against an 18-year-old accused of making racist comments toward members of the Utah women’s basketball team during the NCAA tournament.

The deputy city attorney for the city of Coeur d’Alene made the announcement Monday, writing in a charging decision that while the use of the slur was “heinous” and “incredibly offensive,” there was no evidence to suggest the man threatened physical harm to the women or to their property. That means the conduct is protected by the First Amendment and cannot be charged under Idaho’s malicious harassment law, Ryan Hunter wrote.