When a black man from Kansas found the message “whites only” written on his car, a hate crime investigation was soon launched. However, just days later, his secret came out, and now, he is singing a much different tune.
Last Wednesday, the Riley County Police Department was called to an apartment parking lot on Claflin Road, where police officers found a car that had been defaced with racial slurs and threats. The N-word was written with yellow paint across the rear windshield of the car.
Other racially offensive language, like “White’s Only,” “Die,” and “Date your own kind,” was also painted on the windshield and side doors of the vehicle.
Of course, this prompted mass hysteria. African-American students from Kansas State University called a meeting to discuss possible racism near the campus, the local police department immediately opened an investigation, and ultimately, the FBI became involved as fears escalated.
However, it has since been revealed that the initial “hate crime” was really the work of a black man trying to play a Halloween prank.
Racist graffiti that was painted on a car parked near Kansas State University last week turned out a hoax, and was written by the car’s owner.
The words “Go Home Nigger Boy” and “Whites Only” were painted across the back windshield of the car, along with other explicit words. [Source: The Daily Caller]
The owner of the car, 21-year-old Dauntarius Williams, of Manhattan, admitted to investigators that he was responsible for the graffiti. Apparently, the hate crime hoax was not the only lie Williams told, either.
After vandalizing his own vehicle, Williams called The Kansas City Star to make sure the media was aware of the “hate crime.” At the time, he identified himself as a student at Kansas State University, but when the local news outlet contacted the school, administrators said that they had no record of him ever attending the college.
Williams has been forced to apologize in the wake of the scandal and suffer massive public embarrassment, although no criminal charges have been brought against him. “I would like to deeply apologize to the community,” he said in a statement.
“The whole situation got out of hand when it shouldn’t have even started,” added Williams. “It was just a Halloween prank that got out of hand. I wish I could go back to that night but I can’t. I just want to apologize from the bottom of my heart for the pain and news I have brought you all.”
Ultimately, no charges were filed in the case, because no hate crime was ever really committed. Police decided not to bring charges against Williams either because they said he “expressed sincere regret that his actions had resulted in the negative media attention that resulted.”
“While Williams’ mistake had a decidedly negative impact on the community, please recognize that he, like many of us when we were young, is a young man who made a mistake and is now doing his best to own up to it,” commented Riley County Police Director Brad Schoen.
While Williams did apologize, the fact that he got away with wasting so many resources might not sit well with taxpayers who were forced to fund an FBI investigation because of his shameful hoax.