Today the City of Beloit Police Department released the following report:
City of Beloit Police Department
David B. Zibolski
100 State Street
Chief of Police Beloit, WI 53511
Administration: (608) 364-6807
Detectives from the Beloit Police Department have been investigating three incidents of potential hate crimes involving two students. Detectives have arrested Michael Kee, 20 years old, for Obstructing, Disorderly Conduct, and Criminal Damage regarding the incident reported on January 30.
Kee is a Beloit College student who reported that the wall next to and his dorm room door had been spray painted with a bias symbol and phrases related to his religion and ethnicity. Kee was the second student victim from the January 30th reported incident. Kee was interviewed and confessed that he had done the spray painting. Kee observed how the Beloit College community had come together after the first reported incident and wanted similar attention.
We have met with representatives from Beloit College involving the investigations to ensure that the lines of communication remain open. The Beloit Police Department considers hate crimes or similar criminal behavior to be very serious and take full measure of our duty to fully and completely investigate all incidents. The false report by Kee may only serve to delegitimize other victims of these types of egregious offenses. However, we believe it is important for our community to know that Kee’s incident does not diminish our resolve going forward with these reported incidents and any other reported crimes of this nature. Detectives are continuing to work diligently to ensure all efforts are made to identify the involved suspect(s). The Beloit Police Department will continue to work cooperatively with our community and Beloit College to ensure a safe and positive learning / learning environment for all students.
We will not be releasing any additional particulars or details at this time as this is an ongoing and open investigation. Kee’s arrest has been referred to the Rock County District Attorney’s Office for charging consideration. We are asking that anyone with any information on this matter to submit a tip to the Greater Beloit Area Crime Stoppers at www.P3tips.com or call (608) 362-7463.
This situation does not diminish the college’s resolve in resisting xenophobia, anti-Semitism, racism, and Islamophobia that aims to intimidate and silence its targets. The Beloit College investigations of hate crimes continues.