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The Latest: Court appearance Thursday for Missouri suspect

This booking photo provided by the Boone County, Mo., Sheriffs Department shows Hunter M. Park. The 19-year-old man who is suspected of posting online threats to shoot black students and faculty was arrested Wednesday, Nov. 11, 2015, authorities said, adding to the racial tensions at the heart of the protests that led to the resignations of two University of Missouri leaders earlier this week. (Boone County Sheriff’s Department via AP)

This booking photo provided by the Boone County, Mo., Sheriffs Department shows Hunter M. Park. The 19-year-old man who is suspected of posting online threats to shoot black students and faculty was arrested Wednesday, Nov. 11, 2015, authorities said, adding to the racial tensions at the heart of the protests that led to the resignations of two University of Missouri leaders earlier this week. (Boone County Sheriff’s Department via AP)

COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) — The latest on the protests and turmoil over racially charged incidents at the University of Missouri (all times local):

8:55 a.m.

A 19-year-old man accused of making online threats against black students and faculty at the University of Missouri campus in Columbia is scheduled to make his first court appearance.

Boone County’s chief sheriff’s deputy, Maj. Tom Reddin, says Hunter M. Park of Lake St. Louis is scheduled to be arraigned about 1:30 p.m. Thursday, likely by closed-circuit video from the county jail where he is being held without bond. Park is charged with felony making a terroristic threat.

Park is a student at the University of Missouri Science and Technology in Rolla, where he was arrested early Wednesday in a dorm.

The online posts on Yik Yak and other social media Tuesday threatened to “shoot every black person I see.”

The threats followed the resignations Monday of the university system’s president and the Columbia campus’ chancellor after student protests over the university’s handling of complaints about racism

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8:55 a.m.

Blogs and Internet reports have questioned whether one of the most disturbing racial incidents at the University of Missouri really happened, but a police report confirms that it did.

The incident took place Oct. 24, when a swastika, scrawled in feces, was found in a dorm bathroom. Several postings have questioned if that really happened.

It did, according to a report filed by a campus police officer who saw the swastika, along with feces on the floor of the restroom.

The university system’s president and the Columbia campus chancellor announced their resignations Monday after racial unrest that included protests, a hunger strike and the football team’s threatened boycott of its next game. Activists felt administrators had not done enough to address racial concerns.

 

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