SANTA MONICA—The Santa Monica Police Department put out an advisory on Thursday, November 10 regarding a possible hate crime in the area. On election night, Chris Ball claimed he was assaulted outside of a bar in Santa Monica by Donald Trump supporters because of his sexual orientation. The alleged victim in the incident has not come forward to work with police pertaining to the possible hate crime. SMPD put out the following advisory on its Facebook page:
“You may have seen an unconfirmed story regarding a possible hate crime incident involving a ‘Chris Ball’ alleging he was assaulted in Santa Monica on election night, November 8, by ‘Trump Supporters’. The Santa Monica Police Department and the City of Santa Monica have not received any information indicating this crime occurred in the City of Santa Monica. We encourage the alleged victim to come forward and work with us if a crime did in fact take place. A check of local hospitals revealed there was no victim of any such incident admitted or treated as well. If you have any questions, please contact Public Information Officer, Lt. Saul Rodriguez, (310) 458-2293.”
In Louisiana, the Lafayette Police Department updated the public with a statement on its investigation of another individual who claimed to be assaulted by Trump supporters in the wake of the election. A University of Louisiana student claimed she was attacked and had her hijab ripped off by two white male Trump supporters after the results of the election. During the course of their investigation of her complaint, she “admitted that she fabricated the story about her physical attack as well as the removal of her hijab and wallet by two white males. The incident is no longer under investigation,” noted the Lafayette Police Department in a statement.