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Arrests Made in Center for Black Culture Incident
OXFORD, Ohio -- Miami University police announced today (Jan. 21) that they have made two arrests in connection with the posting of racist and homophobic flyers in the university's Center for Black Culture and Learning Oct. 30.
Arrested on charges of criminal mischief and criminal trespass were Brad M. Allen, 21, a junior from Shaker Heights, and Nathaniel Snow, 22, a senior from Cincinnati.
Miami police said the arrests came after receiving the results of fingerprint evidence submitted to the Ohio Bureau of Criminal Identification and Investigation immediately following the incident. Crime lab experts subsequently identified numerous fingerprints found on the flyers as belonging to Snow and Allen, police said.
The discovery of the flyers in the center sparked a campus protest Nov. 10, when 100-200 students blocked two highways. On behalf of the protesters, Snow met with Miami President James Garland the next day. Following that meeting, a second, smaller protest was held, resulting in the arrest by Oxford police of seven students, including Allen, for disorderly conduct.
Criminal mischief is a third-degree misdemeanor and criminal trespass is a fourth-degree misdemeanor. If convicted on both counts, each could face up to 90 days in jail and $750 in fines.
Allen and Snow voluntarily withdrew from the university Wednesday afternoon (Jan. 20), university officials said.
The students came voluntarily to the Miami police headquarters, were booked and released on their own recognizance. They are scheduled to appear in Butler County Area One Court Jan. 29 for a preliminary hearing on the charges.