A pro-Palestinian professor has been charged with involuntary manslaughter and battery in the death of a Jewish protester during a street protest in California.
Why it matters
The incident highlights the tensions and violence that have arisen during demonstrations over the Israel-Hamas war, and raises questions about hate crimes and the safety of protesters.
What the papers say
The Independent says the evidence only supports charges of involuntary manslaughter and battery, while the New York Times reports that the authorities have not ruled out a hate crime. The AP News highlights that the suspect could face a mandatory minimum sentence of 25 years to life if convicted, and the NY Post discusses the biases and privileges that may have protected the suspect in the past.
How we got here
The incident occurred during duelling pro-Palestinian and pro-Israel rallies in Thousand Oaks, California. The victim, Paul Kessler, died after falling and hitting his head during a physical altercation with the suspect, Loay Abdelfattah Alnaji, a professor of computer science at Moorpark College.
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