University of Albany Girls Beaten Up on Bus, Claim Attack Was Racially Motivated

On January 30th at around 1 a.m., three black students from University of Albany said they were attacked by roughly a dozen white UAlbany students on a CDTA bus. In the midst of getting punched and kicked, the students also allegedly screamed racial slurs while bystanders cheered and videotaped the incident.
Here’s what happened, according to one of the victims:
According to Times Union, the victims left the bus at a campus bus stop, and two of them – who had minor scrapes on their faces – went to Albany Medical Center to get checked out.
The incident caused public outrage and multiple protests on campus, the first being that Monday night when junior Asha Burwell, one of the women who said she was attacked, spoke to several hundred students about what happened.
“We are shocked, upset, but we will remain unbroken,” Burwell said. “We stand here with strength because we value our worth as black women and as human beings in general.”
But like everything that involves racial tensions on campus, the incident has been called into question – as in several news reports questioned if the fight actually happened the way the victims are claiming it did. Initial news reports claimed that the video was “damaging” to the victim’s claims, but after seeing the video in full, we’re not so sure. Here’s what happened:
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The video has since circulated online and caused various responses. According to Times Union, the three victims also claimed that “they were called racial slurs during a verbal argument with what they describe as 10 to 12 white men and women before a physical fight broke out. One woman told university police that several men kicked her after she fell to the floor.” However, several witnesses claim the fight was only between two girls, rather than a big group, which the victim initially referred to.
As for whether or not the fight was racially motivated, students have mixed feelings.
“I want to see the video when it comes out,” said Kemi Mosaku, a UAlbany junior from Nigeria. “Part of it could be a race thing, but part of it could be aggressiveness. (The bus) is always rowdy, even during the day.”
“Fights happen every weekend,” a white UAlbany football player said. “I’m more concerned about a man putting his hands on a woman.”
“I feel like the bigger situation is the bus,” one black UAlbany football player stated. “Those things get wild.”
A more thorough investigation is currently underway.


UPDATE

Since this story broke earlier this month, new details have surfaced that insinuate the victims were actually the aggressors, and they will be charged by police.
According to The New York Daily News, “the students will be arrested about four weeks after allegedly assaulting a passenger on a city bus, then lying about what happened, leading to national outrage over an apparently fabricated story.”
According to police, there was only one real victim: A 19-year-old woman from Congers, N.Y., who was beaten by Briggs, Ahudio and Burwell, the three girls who said they were assaulted.
“The evidence indicates they were actually the aggressors in the physical altercation, and that they continued to assault the victim despite the efforts of several passengers to stop them,” police said in a statement.
Surveillance footage also indicated the students were never “targeted in any manner due to their race,” police said, but it may have been done to the actual victim.
“The only person we heard uttering racial epithets was one of the defendants.” police said, not specifying the victim’s race.
[H/T: Barstool]

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