SUNY Albany Expels 2, Suspends 1 Accused of Lying About Racial Attack
Three young women are facing ramifications over an incident they reported as a hate crime. Ariel Agudio, Asha Burwell and Alexis Briggs, 20, are accused of lying about a bus fight that they said was racially motivated.
According to the trio they were attacked by white men and women who hurled racial slurs at them and they were forced to defend themselves.
Now however police and University officials believe they’re lying.
Two New York college students were expelled and a third was suspended for two years after they allegedly lied about a supposed racially motivated incident aboard an Albany bus, the university’s president said Thursday.
The expulsions and suspension comes one day after State University of New York at Albany students Ariel Agudio, Asha Burwell and Alexis Briggs, all 20 years old, pleaded not guilty to misdemeanor charges of assault and falsely reporting an incident.
Agudio and Burwell were dismissed from the university, and Briggs was suspended for two years for violating the student code of conduct, University President Robert J. Jones said in a message to the campus community Thursday.
The women, who are African American, claimed they were harassed and assaulted by 10 to 12 white men and women on a city bus just after 1 a.m. on Jan. 30 and that racial slurs were used by the perpetrators.
The account triggered protests on the university campus.
But university police said in February that the students were the aggressors and assaulted a 19-year-old and then falsely reported the incident to police. They were indicted on Monday.
University police said in February investigators found no evidence to support the claims they were targeted because of their race, or that slurs were used against them.
SMH….the “damning evidence” in this case is the video from the bus attack.
Do YOU think these ladies lied or did the police get it wrong???Paul Buckowski/The Albany Times Union via AP, Pool