NAACP wants felony charges for SJSU hate case 

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  • San Jose State University students gather around the 1968 Olympic statue while protesting a reported racial hazing of an African-American freshman last month on Thursday, Nov. 21, 2013, in San Jose, Calif. Three students at San Jose State University are facing misdemeanor hate-crime and battery charges after authorities say they harassed an African-American roommate by outfitting their dormitory room with a Confederate flag and a racial epithet was found on a board.

Civil rights activists are calling on prosecutors to file felony hate-crime charges against four white students accused of racially abusing a black student at San Jose State University.

NAACP leaders are urging Santa Clara County District Attorney Jeff Rosen to bring felony charges against the white students, who currently face misdemeanor hate crime and battery charges.

NAACP officials are planning a campus news conference Monday to condemn the racially charged actions.

According to a police report, the white students outfitted their dormitory suite with a Confederate flag, barricaded the victim in his room and placed a U-shaped bicycle lock around his neck.

The San Jose Mercury News reports that Rosen says he believes his office has filed the "appropriate charges in this case, based upon the evidence."

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