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Oswalt Pleads Not Guilty To Alleged Hate Crime, Released From Jail

The Daily Barometer

The Oregon State University student facing multiple charges from allegedly slapping racist stickers on cars is out of jail…and banned from campus. KLCC’s Brian Bull has more on the case of Andrew Oswalt.

Oswalt has repeatedly asserted white nationalist views as a doctorate student and member of the Associated Students of OSU. But his arrest for a June 2017 incident where he and an accomplice are accused of putting stickers on the cars of social activists – containing a racial slur for African-Americans – has put his future with the university in doubt.

Initially charged with criminal mischief, Oswalt was arraigned last week and hit with felony hate crime charges.

Oswalt has pleaded not guilty, and has posted bail. His release conditions state he’s to have no contact with his alleged victims, stay off campus, and surrender all firearms.

OSU administrators and student groups have condemned his views as “hateful” and “stupid”. An anti-fascist group has also posted photos of Oswalt at numerous neo-Nazi and Ku Klux Klan gatherings in Oregon, including a Holocaust denial rally in Springfield. He faces a recall vote next week, to remove him from student government.

Copyright 2018, KLCC.

Brian Bull is an assistant professor of journalism at the University of Oregon, and remains a contributor to the KLCC news department. He began working with KLCC in June 2016.   In his 27+ years as a public media journalist, he's worked at NPR, Twin Cities Public Television, South Dakota Public Broadcasting, Wisconsin Public Radio, and ideastream in Cleveland. His reporting has netted dozens of accolades, including four national Edward R. Murrow Awards (22 regional),  the Ohio Associated Press' Best Reporter Award, Best Radio Reporter from  the Native American Journalists Association, and the PRNDI/NEFE Award for Excellence in Consumer Finance Reporting.
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