Three students have been charged with a hate crime and battery after allegations surfaced they were harassing their African-American roommate.
According to prosecutors, the three defendants tried to put a bike lock around the neck of the 17-year-old freshman and told him they lost the keys.
They taunted him, calling him 3/5ths, a reference to the way the government used to count black people.
They are also accused of decorating the dorm room they shared with a confederate flag, Nazi symbols and other racial epithets.
OutFront: San Jose District Attorney Jeff Rosen.