Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

St. Louis Bosnian Woman Who Claimed Hate Crime Is Charged with Making False Report

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

St. Louis Bosnian Woman Who Claimed Hate Crime Is Charged with Making False Report

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ST. LOUIS * A Bosnian immigrant has been charged with making a false police report after claiming three black teenagers threatened to kill her in the Bevo Mill neighborhood because of her ethnicity.

Police said Monday that a surveillance video from a nearby business shows Seherzada Dzanic, 26, of the 4400 block of Gannett Street, just get out of her car and lie in the street shortly before a passing driver found her Dec. 5.

At the time, Dzanic told police three black men in their late teens to early 20s had walked in front of her vehicle about 5:25 a.m. along the 4600 block of Lansdowne Avenue. She said one of them pulled a gun on her when she tried to pass them, then opened her passenger door and went through her purse.

She also told police that one of the men pushed her to the ground, kicked her and had asked where she was from. She said she told them she was European.

"You're a (expletive) liar. You're Bosnian. I should just kill you now," she claimed they told her, according to an account at the time by St. Louis Police Chief Sam Dotson.

She claimed she lost consciousness but refused medical treatment at the scene, police said.

The report had heightened tension among St. Louis Bosnians, already rocked by the killing of an immigrant by attackers using a hammer five days earlier.

City police detectives found the video that disputed Dzanic's story, according to court documents. In the pictures, she is seen driving along the street in the opposite direction that she told police, then doing a U-turn, stopping, getting out and lying on the street until the passing motorist finds her, according to a police source.

According to court documents, Dzanic said she made up the story because she was suffering from "emotional issues."

Filing a false police report is a misdemeanor. She was booked and released pending application for a warrant. …

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