Not sure if everyone has been following this story from the University of Albany. Last weekend three black women claimed they were jumped and beaten up by a dozen white students who called them racial slurs while everyone stood around and watched and cheered them on.
ALBANY, N.Y. (NEWS10) – The Albany County District Attorney is looking into an alleged racially charged attack against three University at Albany students.
On January 30, three, black female UAlbany students said they were attacked by nearly a dozen white UAlbany students on a CDTA bus. They claimed racial slurs were yelled at them, and they were kicked and punched.
This of course sparked campus-wide protests and national outrage – as it should.
Of course, that “as it should” only stands if – and this is a big if – the event actually happened.
Something news reports and various sources are starting to call into question.
Officials, including the Albany County DA, are looking at security video from inside the bus. The bus had at least 12 cameras on it, which include audio. Sources tell NEWS10 ABC the video is damaging the young women’s accusations.
Police are also reviewing cellphone video from witnesses on the bus. On one video from a cell phone, it is hard to make out two female figures fighting. Surrounding them are young passengers said to be fellow UAlbany students on their way back to campus from a fun Saturday night in downtown Albany.
The fight caused an uproar. It culminated in a huge rally on the UAlbany campus in support of the three female students who claimed they were attacked. They said their attackers used their fists and hurled racist, hurtful words.
The fallout has been ugly. Accusations and threats have buzzed around social media, including the National Football League.
San Diego Chargers tackle Tyreek Burwell is the brother of the one of the alleged victims. He posted a tweet threatening one student believed to be involved. It was quickly deleted.
According to one student, that young man has dropped out.
But things may not be as first thought. Sources close to the case tell NEWS10 ABC the cameras inside the bus reveal another, very different story.
On the cell phone video, no racial slurs or any cheering can be heard. [Albany]
Here’s one video of the incident that has been circulating.
A lot of people saying that there was only a fight between two girls, one-on-one. Who knows what happened for the rest of the bus ride, in all the time after this video was shot. Maybe it was exactly as these girls described it, in which case every person involved should be locked up for a long time. That’s the cops’ job to figure out. Because if this turns out to be another Kayla-Simone McKelvey from Kean University situation, it would just be another terrible black eye and major setback.
Not sure what the ideal outcome is here for this story, or if there even is one. That they were lying? Or that mobs of white college kids would beat up girls just for being black in the middle of a public bus in 2016? Two pretty shitty options.