Ten Minnesota football players who were accused of gang rape of student and suspended will NOT face criminal charges due to 'lack of evidence' 

  • Ten football players were suspended by the school in connection with an alleged sexual assault near campus in the early morning hours of September 2
  • In the alleged incident, one woman was said to have been the victim of a sexual assault by 10 to 20 members of the football team
  • Minnesota prosecutor said there wasn't enough evidence to pursue a criminal case, although he called the players' behavior 'deplorable'
  • The school conducted its own investigation and saw fit to indefinitely suspend 10 players involved, prompting the team to threaten a boycott of a bowl game 
  • Report revealed that the woman recalled a group of members of the team 'lining up like they were waiting for a turn on her' 
  • One team member also told investigators he heard the woman saying 'I don't want to' and 'this is too many people' and that she was in pain

The woman claimed she had been assaulted by 10 to 20 men on the team who 'lined up like they were waiting for a turn on her' after their season-opening victory against Oregon State on September 2.
But Hennepin County Attorney Mike Freeman has declined for the second time to charge any of the players, despite calling their behavior 'deplorable'. 
Freeman previously decided not to prosecute the players in November, until the school's own investigation revealed troubling details about the alleged assault.
After reviewing that report, Freeman stood by his November decision, saying the school's investigation didn't add sufficient evidence to warrant criminal charges.  
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Antonio Shenault
Kobe McCrary
Mark Williams
University of Minnesota football players Antonio Shenault, Kobe McCrary and  Mark Williams  were among those suspended for the alleged sexual assault of a 22-year-old female student 
Ray Buford
Carlton Djam
KiAnte Hardin
Dior Johnson
Ray Buford, Carlton Djam, KiAnte Hardin and Dior Johnson were also suspended, although none of the 10 players will face criminal charges, it was revealed on Friday 
Tamarion Johnson
Seth Green
Antoine Winfield Jr.
Football players Tamarion Johnson (left), Seth Green (center) and Antoine Winfield Jr. (right) were also idefinitely suspended from all team activities
'That report shined a light on what can only be described as deplorable behavior,' Freeman said in a statement. 
'Reviewing the full report and comparing it to the criminal investigation file shows no new significant evidence that would enable prosecutors to bring charges against any individuals that could be sustained under our much higher standard of proof beyond a reasonable doubt,' he added.  
The university said in a statement that it respects Freeman's decision, but noted their own suspensions of the players stem from different standards and policies than the criminal process Freeman worked through.
UM indefinitely suspended the 10 players after completing its own investigation.
Kiante Hardin, Ray Buford, Dior Johnson and Tamarion Johnson were suspended in September. 
Carlton Djam, Seth Green, Kobe McCrary, Antonio Shenault, Mark Williams and Antoine Winfield Jr were suspended in December after the school's Office of Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action issued its report on the assault.
A redacted copy of the 82-page report was published by local TV station KSTP and revealed the woman's horrifying recollection of the night.  
The victim, who reported the alleged attack the morning after it happened, told police she was at the game that night before attending multiple parties.
At the last party she attended, the woman recalled meeting two members of the team, one of whom was a recruit.
One of the men lived in the same complex the party was being held and invited her back to the apartment with the recruit. 
The woman recalled feeling 'uncomfortable' after with the situation after she entered the apartment and went to the bathroom.
One of the men told her she was taking too long and when she came outside he stood between her and the apartment's front door in a manner that made her feel 'unable to leave', according to the Pioneer Press
The two men then began to take off their clothes and the woman felt 'overpowered', 'confused' and 'trapped'. 
She told the school she felt she had no way out of the situation, which she said quickly escalated. 
Prosecutor Mike Freeman  declined to charge any of the players, despite calling their behavior 'deplorable' (pictured is the team celebrating after winning the Holiday Bowl Tuesday)
Prosecutor Mike Freeman declined to charge any of the players, despite calling their behavior 'deplorable' (pictured is the team celebrating after winning the Holiday Bowl Tuesday)
 The Gophers had initially announced they planned to boycott the Holiday Bowl following their teammates' suspension, but ended it two days later following immense backlash
 The Gophers had initially announced they planned to boycott the Holiday Bowl following their teammates' suspension, but ended it two days later following immense backlash
At one point the victim recalled seeing a 'line of people, like they were waiting for their turn' on her. 
One of the players revealed he had received a FaceTime call from one of the men involved in the threesome who claimed the woman in his room was 'down with it', meaning she was 'willing to have sex with others', the report reads. 
While most of the players involved claimed their sexual interactions with the woman had been consensual, one teammate told investigators that 'she didn't seem to like it'.
He recalled players gathering outside the bedroom door and that men were talking about who would go 'next'.
The player revealed someone said the group was 'training her', meaning multiple men were lining up to have sex with her.
He told investigators that at one point he peeked into the bedroom and heard the woman say 'I don't want to' and 'this is too many people' and that she was in pain. 
The player said he had told the teammate who first initiated the threesome that things seemed to be getting out of hand, but they only replied: 'No man, she straight'.
But the player's recollection matches that of the woman, who said she remembered 'yelling for them to stop sending people in the room because she couldn't handle it', the report reads. 
The victim also told investigators that sh wrapped herself in a blanket that was on the bed at one point to try and 'shield herself from people in the room'.
She also recalled two of the men 'trying to force their penises into her mouth' while another 'had vaginal sex with her', it continues.
The victim said she believed she was 'being held down' during some moments and that she remembered 'trying to push people off her by pushing on their stomachs and being unsuccessful'.
Their boycott, which the team announced two weeks ago (pictured), was supported by Head Coach Tracy Claeys
Their boycott, which the team announced two weeks ago (pictured), was supported by Head Coach Tracy Claeys
The woman told investigators she 'focused on the ceiling' to try and get through the ordeal, telling them she often felt 'confused' and 'dazed'.  
An hour to an hour and a half passed by before the last man finished.  
The victim said the man looked down at the ground, which was littered with condoms, and said 'Oh my god'.
She said the man asked her in the hallway of the apartment if she was okay and she replied, 'I don't know'.
He then asked her if she planned to tell anyone what happened. 
The woman said she immediately began to cry when she left the apartment. 
'She realized she had no idea what had happened to her, expect that men had had sex with her, she had been violated and she felt physical pain,' the report reads.   
The report concluded that the victim’s account of that night was more credible than the players it interviewed, and said some players tried to impede the university’s investigation into the incident by deleting text messages and video footage. 
Several players face permanent expulsion from the university, while others could be suspended for a year.
Two days after the suspension was announced, the football team revealed they planned to boycott all remaining events including the Holiday Bowl.
Their boycott, which lasted just two days after it faced immense backlash, was supported by Head Coach Tracy Claeys.   
More than 3,000 people have signed a petition calling for Claeys, who has two years remaining on his contract, to be fired.  
Athletic director Mark Coyle, who made the decision regarding the suspensions, has said he plans to meet with the football coach in the near future.

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More than 3,000 people have signed a petition calling for Claeys, who has two years remaining on his contract, to be fired 
More than 3,000 people have signed a petition calling for Claeys, who has two years remaining on his contract, to be fired 




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Violence in the Halls, Disorder in the Malls

The holiday hooliganism traces back to the Obama administration’s destructive efforts to undermine school discipline.
December 29, 2016
Public safety

Judging by video evidence, the participants in the violent mall brawls over the Christmas weekend were overwhelmingly black teens, though white teens were also involved. The media have assiduously ignored this fact, of course, as they have for previous violent flash mob episodes. That disproportion has significance for the next administration’s school-discipline policies, however. If Donald Trump wants to make schools safe again, he must rescind the Obama administration’s diktats regarding classroom discipline, which are based on a fantasy version of reality that is having serious real-world consequences.
The Obama Justice and Education Departments have strong-armed schools across the country to all but eliminate the suspension and expulsion of insubordinate students. The reason? Because black students are disciplined at higher rates than whites. According to Washington bureaucrats, such disproportionate suspensions can mean only one thing: teachers and administrators are racist. The Obama administration rejects the proposition that black students are more likely to assault teachers or fight with other students in class. The so-called “school to prison” pipeline is a function of bias, not of behavior, they say.
This week’s mall violence, which injured several police and security officers, is just the latest piece of evidence for how counterfactual that credo is.  A routine complaint in police-community meetings in minority areas is that large groups of teens are fighting on corners. Residents of the South Bronx’s 41st Precinct complained repeatedly to the precinct commander in a June 2015 meeting about such street disorder. “There’s too much fighting,” one woman said. “There was more than 100 kids the other day; they beat on a girl about 14 years old.” In April 2016, a 17-year-old girl in Coney Island, Brooklyn, Ta’Jae Warner, tried to protect her brother from a group of girls gathered outside her apartment building who were threatening to kill him; one of the group knocked her unconscious. She died four days later. At a meeting in the 23rd Precinct in East Harlem in 2015, residents asked why the police hadn’t stopped a recent stampede of youth down Third Avenue. In April 2012, a group of teens stomped a gang rival to death in a Bronx housing project.
The idea that such street behavior does not have a classroom counterpart is ludicrous. Black males between the ages of 14 and 17 commit homicide at ten times the rate of white and Hispanic males of the same age. The lack of socialization that produces such a vast disparity in murder rates, as well as less lethal street violence, inevitably will show up in classroom behavior. Teens who react to a perceived insult on social media by trying to shoot the offender are not likely to restrain themselves in the classroom if they feel “disrespected” by a teacher or fellow students. Interviews with teachers confirm the proposition that children from communities with high rates of family breakdown bring vast amounts of disruptive anger to school, especially girls.  It is no surprise that several of the Christmas riots began with fights between girls.  School officials in urban areas across the country set up security corridors manned by police officers at school dismissal times to avoid gang shootings. And yet, the Obama administration would have us believe that in the classroom, black students are no more likely to disrupt order than white students. Equally preposterous is the claim that teachers and administrators are bigots. There is no more liberal a profession than teaching; education schools are one long indoctrination in white-privilege theory. And yet when these social-justice warriors get in the classroom, according to the Obama civil rights lawyers, they start wielding invidious double standards in discipline.
The best solution to such alleged teacher racism, according to the Obama Justice and Education Departments, is to pressure teachers to keep unruly students in the classroom rather than removing them. This movement goes by the name of “restorative justice;” its result has been anarchy, adding a school-to-hospital pipeline to the school-to-prison pipeline. The St. Paul school district has been in the restorative-justice vanguard. Assaults on teachers tripled in 2015, reports Katherine Kersten of the Center for the American Experiment; one teacher sustained a traumatic brain injury, while another required staples in her head. Melees of 40 to 50 people (resembling the mall violence) are common, according to Kersten; roving packs of students attack isolated individuals. One high school issued emergency whistles to teachers. (Kersten has a full-length feature story on the St. Paul schools in City Journal’s upcoming issue.)
Over the last year, a Seattle school district in the throes of “restorative justice” experienced an alleged gang rape and several student deaths.  Criminal charges, including murder, were filed against a group of students not yet out of middle school, reports the Seattle Times. Teachers’ unions in Fresno, Des Moines, New York City, and Indianapolis have all lodged complaints about the anti-discipline philosophy, according to Education Week. The Fresno teachers signed a petition pointing out that students are returned to class after cursing at teachers and physically assaulting them, without suffering any consequences. Fresno’s teachers have been injured trying to stop fights; some are retiring because teaching where severely disruptive students cannot be dislodged has become impossible. In Des Moines, students now hit and scream at each other and their teachers, reports the Des Moines Register.
Undeterred by such news, the Obama administration has rolled out reams of material for combatting supposed teacher racism. Since 2014 alone, it has produced a School Climate and Discipline Guidance Package, a Rethink Discipline Public Awareness Campaign, a Resource Guide for Superintendent Action, a National Resource Center for School Justice Partnerships, a template for “School Climate Surveys,” and a “Quick Guide on Making School Climate Improvements.” The DOJ is “investing” $1 million (read: showering money on left-wing consultants) for the Pyramid Equity Project, which is supposed to establish national models for addressing issues of implicit bias in early learning programs.
Naturally, federal litigation has followed. Just this month, the Justice Department’s Civil Rights Division imposed a consent decree on the Watson Chapel, Arkansas, School District, after suing it for racially discriminatory school-discipline practices. Those practices “prevent students of color from reaching their full potential,” according to Principal Deputy Assistant Attorney General Vanita Gupta. A federal court will continue to have jurisdiction over the school until the DOJ declares it in absolute compliance with the decree, a process anticipated to take three years.
Given this threat of lawsuits, it’s no wonder that district superintendents dismiss the rising violence and announce that restorative justice is “working.” It’s certainly “worked” to reduce expulsions and suspensions—in Seattle, by a whopping 77 percent from 2013 to 2016. Never mind that students aren’t learning and teachers are at risk.
The Trump administration must tear up every guidance and mandate in the Justice and Education Departments that penalize school districts for disproportionate rates of school discipline. Absent clear proof of teacher or administrator racism, Washington should let schools correct student behavioral problems as they see fit. Students in classrooms where disruption is common are far less likely to learn; that is the civil rights problem that should get activists’ attention. Taxpayer dollars should not be funding specious federal crusades against phantom discrimination; school districts might have more resources if their local taxpayers were not also being hit by federal levies, which are redistributed around the country in the delusional pursuit of “social justice.” Until the two-parent family is reconstructed, classrooms remain the only hope for socializing children and for preventing the teen violence that broke out across the country this Christmas. Schools can only accomplish that civilizing mission, however, if they are allowed to insist on strict rules, respect for authority, and consequences for misconduct.