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No charges for student in UW-Madison anti-racism graffiti

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — The Dane County district attorney says a University of Wisconsin-Madison student won’t be charged for a series of political graffiti messages spray-painted on campus buildings.

Instead, the 21-year-old senior will enter a restorative court in Madison. The court allows young, low-level offenders to avoid criminal charges if they take steps such as compensating victims and doing community service.

The Wisconsin State Journal reports DA Ismael Ozanne said Tuesday the student is an appropriate candidate for the restorative court program.

UW-Madison police arrested the man last month after they said he spray-painted messages such as “White supremacy iz a disease.” The graffiti caused an estimated $4,000 in damage to university buildings.

Protesters accused campus officials of caring more about the vandalism than they did about the racism it was protesting.

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