Reports of hate crimes surge in post election America

A photo of graffiti posted on Twitter. Source: Twitter

Authorities are investigating reported racially motivated attacks on Muslim students following Republican Donald Trump's election to US presidency.

California authorities are investigating a reported attack on a college campus of a Muslim student wearing a headscarf as a hate crime.

San Diego State University's police department said two suspects who assaulted the student on campus on Wednesday had targeted her because of her faith and made comments about Donald Trump's election.

The woman was not hurt. Authorities said the assault occurred in a parking complex while the woman was wearing a hijab. The suspects stole her car keys, and the vehicle was later reported missing, authorities said.

"We condemn this hateful act and urge all members of our community to join us in condemning such hateful acts," SDSU President Elliot Hirshman said in a statement.

It comes amid a series of photos published on social media showing alleged racist graffiti after Donald Trump was elected US president on November 8.

In one photo, the words 'Make America white again' are sprawled across a building, much to the ire of the Twitter user, Shaun King, who posted it.

Another Twitter post by Minnesota's WCCO - CBS news service shows photos depicting graffiti that read #whitesonly, #whiteamerica and 'Trump' on a public bathroom door while 'go back to Africa' accompanied by 'make America great again' had been written on a hand-towel dispenser.

More reported attacks

Another report of an attack came from Northern California, where a woman said she was walking in a parking garage at San Jose State University when a fair-skinned man in a hooded sweatshirt came up behind her and pulled at her head scarf, the university said in a statement.

The victim was briefly choked and lost her balance before the suspect ran away, the statement said.

California Attorney General Kamala Harris on Thursday issued an information bulletin to law enforcement agencies, outlining laws that prohibit hate crimes.

Meanwhile, a Louisiana student acknowledged she fabricated a reported attack by two men, one she said wore a "Trump" hat.

In the Louisiana case, the Lafayette Police Department said in a statement that it is no longer investigating the 18-year-old woman's claims, which were made within hours of Trump's presidential victory.

Police said the student told investigators she was walking near the University of Louisiana at Lafayette's campus on Wednesday morning when she was accosted by two white men who drove up in a gray sedan.

Police added the student had claimed the men shouted racial obscenities as they knocked her down and stole her wallet and the headscarf.

Charlie Bier, a spokesman for the university, said a federal privacy law prohibits him from saying whether the student could be disciplined.

Lafayette Police spokesman, Officer Karl Ratcliff, did not immediately respond to emails or phone messages from The Associated Press seeking further comment.

But he told The Advocate that the woman offered no explanation for lying. He said the woman might now face charges herself related to filing a false police report.

"We don't take this lightly, and it's made national headlines now," he said. "There will be consequences."

Source AAP, SBS News

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