Newly released audio from a 911 call made by one of the perpetrators of a fake hate crime at the State University of New York at Albany (SUNY Albany), paints a very different story from what she portrayed when a dispatcher finally came on the line.
(Note to those making up hate crimes: 911 recordings start when you connect and keep recording even while you’re being transferred.)
Ariel Agudio apparently didn’t know that. Audio picked up while she was waiting for transfer to the proper authorities will most certainly be used in her court case as she and two others face charges of assault and filing a false report.
Initially, the three black students reported being attacked by 10 to 20 white men simply for the color of their skin.
I can't believe I just experienced what it's like to be beaten because of the color of my skin.
— Asha (@AshaBurwell) January 30, 2016
But when Burwell’s friend Agudio called 911, she was caught saying twice, “I think it’s so funny,” before explaining that she “beat up a boy.”
As the call is transferred, Agudio’s tone changes almost immediately as she tries to tell the dispatcher that she and her friends “got jumped” in a “racially” motivated attack.
Additionally, the girl who had seconds earlier uttered the words “I beat up a boy” now changed her story to “we were three black girls beaten up by 20 white people.”
Take a listen for yourself:
WGY has more audio from the 911 calls here.
Former Police Captain John Cooney found it odd that in their initial statements to the dispatcher, The complainants never refer to physical injury as much as they immediately brought up the potential for hate crime.”
This incident that Agudio and her friends thought was “so funny” sparked protests at the school and even led to one student dropping out due to threats of violence.
Protesters, including members of the National Congress of Black Women and the Albany chapter of Black Lives Matter showed signs of support for the students, demanding change in the form of hiring more minority faculty and providing sensitivity training for university police.
Agudio and her fellow alleged “victims” gave tearful speeches on campus.
SUNY Albany president Robert Jones, before having any of the facts straight and going solely on what he heard from the women, issued a statement saying he is “deeply concerned, saddened and angry about this incident.”
Even Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton jumped into the controversy without having her facts straight:
There's no excuse for racism and violence on a college campus. https://t.co/ADVghl4iEv -H
— Hillary Clinton (@HillaryClinton) February 4, 2016
Once evidence of the incident in the form of surveillance video became available the three women saw their stories unravel.
They have each now been charged with third degree assault, while two of the women were charged with falsely reporting an incident.
You can read more about the fake hate crime here.
Cross-posted at the Mental Recession