Paul L. Caron

Thursday, December 8, 2011

Illinois Tax Prof Dhammika Dharmapala Injured in Racially-Motivated Knife Attack

DhammikaUniversity of Illinois College of Law Tax Prof Dhammika Dharmapala suffered severe knife wounds in a racially motivated attack while awaiting a train to Chicago early Wednesday morning. From the Illinois News-Gazette:

Joshua Scaggs, 23, has been charged with attempted murder and two counts of aggravated battery alleging he slashed the throat of Anurudha Udeni Dhammika Dharmapala, 41, of Champaign. He is a professor at the University of Illinois College of Law specializing in law and economics, tax policy, public economy, and political economy. ...

A male witness told police the men were both seated in the waiting area when one man suddenly jumped up and shouted that this was his country and attacked Dharmapala. The attacker, later identified as Scaggs, then grabbed Dharmapala around the neck and appeared to be choking him. He then forced the victim to the floor. The witness intervened by pulling the attacker off Dharmapala. The witness then noticed that the attacker was holding a utility knife and the victim was bleeding.

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What a horrifying tragedy. My prayers for Professor Dharmapala's recovery.

Posted by: Anupam Chnder | Dec 8, 2011 10:28:00 AM


Posted by: andy grewal | Dec 8, 2011 11:13:43 AM

This is horrible, and the professor is in my prayers, too.

Attempted murder is attempted murder, and the presumed motivations of a hate-crime don't change anything. Some people are just mean or crazy.

Posted by: Woody | Dec 8, 2011 11:31:32 AM

This news is as disgusting as it is shocking.

Posted by: Bill | Dec 8, 2011 1:52:07 PM

The attack is just appalling. But the good news is that Dhammika has been released from the hospital and says he is "recovering faster than anticipated."

Posted by: Len Burman | Dec 8, 2011 3:32:58 PM

He should be charged with spreading racism as well. The phrase "this is my country" clearly show that the attacker did it with racist intentions.

Posted by: Tharaka | Dec 8, 2011 6:34:09 PM

But there is at least some good news in that a second individual, who is presumably no less "American" than the others, intervened and perhaps saved Prof. Dharmapala's life.

Posted by: mike livingston | Dec 10, 2011 1:14:35 PM

This is terrible, terrible news. Dhammika, our thoughts and prayers are with you.

Posted by: David Duff | Dec 19, 2011 10:08:15 AM