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No charges filed after racist incident against Utah women’s basketball team
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No charges filed after racist incident against Utah women’s basketball team

No charges filed after racist incident against Utah women’s basketball team

FILE: Alissa Pili #35, Lani White #3, Dasia Young #34, Kennady McQueen #24, Inez Vieira #2, Reese Ross #20 and Nene Sow #25 of the Utah Utes celebrate victory over the Colorado Buffaloes on February 16 2024. Police investigating racist incidents targeting the Utah women’s basketball team near an Idaho hotel say they have found an audio recording that provides clear evidence of racist comments directed at the team. (Chris Gardner/Getty Images)

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COEUR D’ALENE, Idaho — Jeanetta Williams, president of the NAACP Salt Lake Branch, responds to the decision not to file charges against the 18-year-old accused of making racist comments on the University of Utah women’s basketball team.

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On Thursday, Williams released a statement saying she disagreed with the northern Idaho prosecutor’s decision in the case.

Williams stated in part: “There is a huge difference between freedom of speech and hate speech. There must be consequences for these actions. If not, it will happen again. I hope the NCAA will take into account cities known to have radical groups not to hold their tournaments in these places.”

The incident occurred on March 21, when the team was in Coeur d’Alene for the NCAA tournament

According to the charging documents, Ryan Hunter, the prosecutor in the case, said charging the 18-year-old man “would clearly violate Mr. Myers’ free speech rights as contemplated under both the First Amendment to the United States Constitution.”

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