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No charges planned over protest of college guest speaker

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — A Vermont police department said Tuesday it does not expect to file charges in the March protest of a guest speaker at Middlebury College who co-wrote a book discussing racial differences in intelligence.

The Middlebury Police Department said it has completed its investigation into the protest of Charles Murray on March 2 and was unable to identify any specific person who injured a Middlebury College professor in a physical confrontation afterward. The confrontation took place as she and Murray left a building on the way to a car. The professor was treated for a neck injury and a concussion.

Up to eight masked people were involved in the protest outside, where many of the participants were not members of the college community, police said.

But in consultation with the Addison County state’s attorney, there was “insufficient information to charge any specific person who participated in damaging the car or interfering with or blocking the car’s progress as it exited the parking lot,” the department said in a statement.

Middlebury College also said it has completed its disciplinary process for students the school says were involved in disruptive actions during the protest of Murray in which students shouted him down and disrupted a live-streaming of his talk from another building.

The school said it reviewed photos and videos of the events and collected eyewitness accounts.

Sixty-seven students were sanctioned, the school said. The discipline ranged from probation to a permanent mark on a student’s record.

Middlebury said 41 students were disciplined by the college administration for taking part in the first stage of the protest. The other 26 students faced more serious consequences for actions in the hall and outside the building, the school said. They were disciplined by the college’s Community Judicial Board.

The details of the individual sanctions are confidential under federal law, the school said.

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This story has been corrected to show the agency involved in the case is the Middlebury Police Department, not the Manchester Police Department.

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