Hate Crime Investigation Urged in Assault on Jewish Man

  • October 12, 2007

Date:March 13, 2008

UPDATE: One of the suspects was arraigned on March 7th and pled not guilty. A motions hearing is set for April 30th, and a jury trial is scheduled for June 9th. The other suspect pled guilty to the 3rd degree assault charge, and the bias-motivated crime charge was dropped. He was sentenced to 120 days in jail and ordered to pay fees and fines totaling $196.


Date: October 12, 2007

ADL’s Mountain States Boulder Office expressed strong support for the Boulder Police Department’s investigation of an alleged assault against a Jewish man on October 10, 2007.

ADL Boulder Community Coordinator Amy M. Stein issued the following statement:

“ADL strongly supports the investigation by Boulder police of this alleged assault to determine whether a hate crime was committed.

“Hate crimes have an impact far beyond the individual victim of the crime. When a victim is chosen because of his or her religion, other members of that religious group feel unsafe and unwelcome. Hate crimes resonate throughout the victim’s community and threaten the safety and well-being of every member of that group.

“If Boulder officials find that this was a bias-motivated attack, we urge them to prosecute this crime to the full extent permitted under Colorado’s bias-motivated crimes law and the City of Boulder’s Hate Crimes Ordinance and call upon the Boulder community to speak out loudly against hate crimes. Boulder is no place for hate.”

Boulder police arrested two suspects shortly after the assault, and both men were charged with misdemeanor third-degree assault and a bias-motivated crime, a felony.  ADL will continue to monitor the case as it progresses.