It was a story that had Black Lives Matter advocates and the local media up in arms: Three young black coeds at the State University of New York at Albany claimed they had been assaulted by a gang of whites aboard a city bus. In addition to being beaten, the women claimed the attackers hurled racial slurs at them.
We were among the first to report that the entire incident was a hoax. While there was an altercation, investigators say that one of the three alleged victims actually threw the first punch. A review of surveillance video, moreover, revealed that no racial epithets were delivered.
After allowing local “activists” to view the video, District Attorney Davis Soares decided that the women who reported the incident will be the ones facing charges.
NEWS10 ABC has learned that charges are forthcoming against the three UAlbany students who claimed they were the victims of a racial attack on a CDTA bus.
NEWS10 ABC was told the students will be served with tickets to appear in court. The exact charges are unknown, but it is a sign that law enforcement is moving forward in holding the women accountable for making claims that may not have been true.
Here is what Clinton tweeted after the initial report appeared:
There's no excuse for racism and violence on a college campus. https://t.co/ADVghl4iEv -H
— Hillary Clinton (@HillaryClinton) February 4, 2016
The incident sparked protests at the school. Among the demonstrators were members of the National Congress of Black Women and the Albany chapter of Black Lives Matter. With the protests came the de rigueur list of demands, which included the hiring of more minority faculty and providing sensitivity training for university police.
Burwell and her fellow “victims” gave tearful speeches on campus.
SUNY Albany president Robert Jones, prior to knowing any of the facts of the case, initially issued a statement saying he is “deeply concerned, saddened and angry about this incident.”
So now that the story has been debunked, can we expect Mrs. Clinton to publish another tweet reading, “There’s no excuse for making up racism and violence on a college campus”?
President Jones, who clung to the original story up until Tuesday, has failed to say whether the three students who manufactured the hoax will be disciplined. He did, however, hold an open discussion” on race, diversity, and inclusion on campus.
When asked to comment on the evidence that suggests the crime was fabricated, Jones said “I’m not here to speculate about ifs.”
Cross-posted at the Mental Recession