Police Investigating Second Hate Crime in Davis in Past Eight Days

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DAVIS --

The city of Davis is the scene of two hate crimes in the last eight days.

Business is back to normal at the Davis Amtrak station. But Tuesday morning at about 10:45 a.m., the station was the scene of a hate crime.

"The victim was sitting on a bench at the Amtrak station, and the suspect approached, and used derogatory language and racial slurs, the suspect kicked him and pushed him down," said Lt. Thomas Waltz of the Davis Police Department.

Davis Police said the victim is a 32-year-old  Ethiopian man.

The suspect may have been holding a bottle and was likely intoxicated, police said.

"It's a battery that occurred, assault and battery to the victim. However, we are investigating as a hate crime," Waltz said.

Commuters FOX40 spoke to said they were surprised to hear about such a case. But Miles Davis said these incidents are becoming all too common.

"This could have just as easily been me or one of my best friends that I care very much for," said Miles Davis of UC Davis Back to Black.

The 18-year-old is a founding member of "Back to Black," a student organization at UC Davis raising awareness on ethnic tolerance.

He said he just addressed a similar incident.

Eight days ago, an African-American female student at UC Davis was also attacked and was a victim of a hate crime.

Three men from Sacramento and West Sacramento were arrested -- two are facing hate crime charges. The young woman was not sexually assaulted, and needed no medical attention.

Still, Davis says the crime, no matter what form, is uncalled for.

"Racial epithets and derogatory terms and insults are just as insulting, if not more insulting or equal to physical attacks of aggression," Davis said.

Investigators have looked at surveillance footage at the Amtrak station.

From what they can tell, the suspect is a white, 40- to 50-year-old man with medium build. He is about 5-feet-7-inches, with short brown hair and a mustache.

Davis hopes the suspect realizes what he did was unacceptable.

"Unfortunately, these people may not even be taking this as a serious offense and do not genuinely think they are doing anything wrong, which is a part of the issue, so we have a lot of work to do," Davis said.

If you have information that may lead to an arrest in the case, you are encouraged to call Davis Police at (530) 747-5400.

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