Standing Up Against Hate on the International Day of Peace

September 21 2010, 10:13 AM

Twenty-two-year-old Joseph Coy hasn’t been found guilty of the charges he’s facing: a felony bias-motivated crime and obstruction. But the court of public opinion has issued its own verdict, following the Lafayette man’s arrest for shouting racial slurs at a black University of Colorado student and then assaulting him.

As a judge set bail in the case yesterday, Boulder police chief Mark Beckner told 9News the case "raises a lot of concern" and is "one where I think we have to really come out strongly against and make sure that people understand this type of crime is not tolerated in our community, nor anywhere in this state, quite frankly." Police have identified two other unnamed suspects in what represents their first bias-motivated investigation of 2010, and Boulder city manager Jane Brautigam also goes on the record against the violence, notes The Denver Post.

Meanwhile, people around the state will gather today to celebrate International Peace Day. In Denver, one group will begin marching at 2 p.m. from Shack Man Glass on 39th Avenue and Tennyson Street. Later, at 6:30 p.m., the celebration moves to the Oriental Theater, where Jonny 5 of the Flobots and Ved Nanda of the Center for International Law at the University of Denver, among others, will join them (via CBS4).

A friendly reader also sent along a release noting that Boulder Prep high school will host several events in the People's Republic focusing on pathways to a more peaceful world, including an indoor soccer match at the end of the day between Boulder Prep and the Boulder Police Department.