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Was race a factor in attacks?

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Police repeatedly denied last fall that any increase in crime was attributable to a racially motivated phenomenon known as "polar bear hunting," in which largely minority youths from the community sought out non-minorities and knocked them down for no other reason that the challenge of doing so.

While the precise definition of the phenomenon, which dates back several years, does not appear to apply, a similar phenomenon — possibly motivated more by class than race — appears to have been at play last year.

According to Champaign police, 51 similar cases in the campus area last year involved assaults and batteries for no apparent reason, most often a group of African American males against a single or sometimes several white males. Most were cleared by the arrests of 29 individuals, many of them juveniles, on 76 counts, including 34 of aggravate battery, 10 of attempted robbery and 7 of hate crimes — indicating that at least a few cases were deemed by police to be racially motivated.

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