Two white University of Arizona students suspended for beating a black student

Two white students from the University of Arizona have been suspended from the school after they allegedly physically and verbally abused a black student on campus.

Attorneys for Matthew Frazier, 20, and 19-year-old Matthew Rawlings confirmed the suspensions following criminal arraignment hearings on Monday in Pima County Justice Court. 

Rawlings’ attorney added that the suspension was ‘interim,’ Tuscon.com reports. 

20-year-old Matthew Frazier

20-year-old Matthew Frazier

19-year-old Matthew Rawlings

19-year-old Matthew Rawlings

Attorneys for Matthew Frazier, 20, and 19-year-old Matthew Rawlings confirmed the suspensions following criminal arraignment hearings on Monday in Pima County Justice Court.

Representatives of the school would not share any information pertaining to the suspension, citing federal education privacy laws. 

Last week, the pair were arrested and charged with misdemeanor assault in connection to a September 10 attack near the Arbol de la Vida dorm at East Sixth Street and North Euclid Avenue. 

Both the witnesses and the victims stated that the pair attacked the black student and repeatedly called him the n-word, a campus police report states. 

The suspects waived their right to appear for Monday’s arraignment and were ordered not to have contact with the victim. The victim has not been identified.   

Rawlings returned home to go live with his parents in Califronia. 

Last week, the pair were arrested and charged with misdemeanor assault in connection to a September 10 attack near the Arbol de la Vida dorm at East Sixth Street and North Euclid Avenue

Last week, the pair were arrested and charged with misdemeanor assault in connection to a September 10 attack near the Arbol de la Vida dorm at East Sixth Street and North Euclid Avenue

Last week, the pair were arrested and charged with misdemeanor assault in connection to a September 10 attack near the Arbol de la Vida dorm at East Sixth Street and North Euclid Avenue

‘There have been a lot of statements made without having access to all of facts,’ said Louis Fidel, Rawlings’ attorney. ‘We’re going to review all of those facts and we’ll show Matt is not guilty.

Attorneys for Frazier have declined to comment.  

Roughly 300 people to the streets of UA campus to attend a protest organized by the Black Student Union. At the protest, participants chanted ‘We Want Justice’ and ‘Black Lives Matter.’ 

The student group has demanded that the pair be expelled. They’ve also been critical of the UA police’s treatment of the case, specifically the misdemeanor charges given to the two and the potential for one to have participated in UA Diversion Program instead of criminal charges. 

Representatives of the school would not share any information pertaining to the suspension, citing federal education privacy laws

Representatives of the school would not share any information pertaining to the suspension, citing federal education privacy laws

Representatives of the school would not share any information pertaining to the suspension, citing federal education privacy laws

UAPD described the attack as ‘minor,’ minimizing the emotional impact caused, thereby disenfranchising the lives of the black student body at our university, the Black Student Union said in a statement.    

The victim had chosen not to press charges but decided to after speaking with his mother.  

Frazier and Rawlings were not charged with a felony because the victim must sustain ‘serious physical injury, temporary but substantial disfigurement, temporary but substantial loss or impairment of any body organ or part, or a fracture of any body part’ to warrant the statute, according to police.

The student sustained injuries to his hand, elbow and knees and told authorities that he later went to campus health for a possible concussion. 

The next hearing in the criminal case is scheduled for November 12.  

 

 

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