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Police on Utah incidents: Racial slur audible

Police find audible racial slur around Utah women’s team incidents play Utah coach recounts ‘shocking’ racist incidents toward team (2:06) Utah coach Lynne Roberts condemns the series of racist incidents directed toward her team members and staff after arriving at their NCAA tournament hotel in Idaho. (2:06) Associated Press Apr 4, 2024, 11:02 AM ET

Police on Utah incidents: Racial slur audible

Police discover audible racial slur round Utah ladies’s staff incidents

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Utah coach recounts ‘stunning’ racist incidents towards staff (2:06)

Utah coach Lynne Roberts condemns the sequence of racist incidents directed towards her staff members and workers after arriving at their NCAA match resort in Idaho. (2:06)

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Apr 4, 2024, 11:02 AM ET

COEUR D’ALENE, Idaho — Police investigating alleged racist incidents against the Utah women’s basketball team when it was close to its Idaho resort whereas on the town final month for the NCAA match say they’ve discovered an audio recording wherein the usage of a racial slur was clearly audible.

The Coeur d’Alene Police Division mentioned in a Wednesday submit on Fb that it’s working to find out the “context and conduct” related to the slur’s use to find out whether or not there was a violation of regulation. Police mentioned that they’re nonetheless reviewing proof from the March 21 incidents however that it seems as if a racial slur was used greater than as soon as.

Police mentioned that they’ve collected about 35 hours of video from companies within the space and that video and audio corroborate what members of the basketball program reported. Police mentioned detectives are working to find any extra proof and get info on suspects. Detectives additionally are attempting to determine a silver automobile that was within the space on the time.

After Utah’s loss to Gonzaga within the second spherical of the match March 25, Utes coach Lynne Roberts mentioned her staff had skilled a sequence of hate crimes after arriving at their resort in Coeur d’Alene. Utah and different groups performed their video games in Spokane, Washington, however the Utes had been staying about 35 miles away in Coeur d’Alene.

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Roberts mentioned the March 21 incidents left gamers and coaches so shaken and anxious for his or her security that they moved to a unique resort the following day.

Tony Stewart, an official with the Kootenai County Activity Pressure on Human Relations, has mentioned the Utes had been strolling from their resort to a restaurant when a pickup truck with a Accomplice flag drove up and the driving force started utilizing racist language. After the staff left the restaurant, the identical driver returned “strengthened by others,” Stewart mentioned, they usually revved their engines and once more yelled on the gamers.

Utah has mentioned it filed a police report the night time of the incidents. Coeur d’Alene police chief Lee White mentioned final week that about 100 individuals had been across the space that night time. He has mentioned there are two state costs that may very well be enforced — malicious harassment and disorderly conduct — if somebody is arrested. White additionally mentioned he was working with the FBI.

Far-right extremists have maintained a presence within the area for years. In 2018, no less than 9 hate teams operated within the area of Spokane and northern Idaho, in line with the Southern Poverty Regulation Middle.

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