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No criminal or hate crime charges to be filed against student in Sellery altercation

The UW-Madison Police Department will not file any criminal or hate crime charges against the student who was the aggressor in the Saturday Sellery Residence Hall altercation, according to UWPD Public Information Officer Marc Lovicott.

Lovicott said there is “no evidence that racial discrimination” played a role in the altercation between the UW-Madison student Matthew Hsieh and several other residents in Sellery Hall.

In an interview earlier in the week, one of the students who reported the incident to the university, freshman Synovia Knox, said Hsieh did insult her with hateful language directed toward her class and race.

UWPD cited the student with disorderly conduct and underage possession of alcohol earlier in the week. Lovicott said UWPD officers issued the disorderly conduct citation because Hsieh shoved and spat on one of the students. 

Lovicott released more than 50 minutes of body camera footage in a statement regarding the March 12 Sellery hall incident to help “clear up any confusion.”  

UPDATE March 16, 4:50 p.m.: This story has been updated to include further information from Lovicott. 

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