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Black students at U. of Albany charged with hate crime hoax, attacking white bus passenger


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Three black female students who gained national attention after claiming to be victims of a hate crime attack are accused of making the entire story up and have been charged with assaulting a white bus passenger.


Ariel Agudio, Asha Burwell and Alexis Briggs, all 20 years old, have been charged with misdemeanor assault. Ms. Agudio and Ms. Burwell have also been charged with falsely reporting an incident, officials at the University of Albany announced Thursday, the Albany Times Union reported.


The women grabbed national headlines — and a sympathetic tweet from Democratic presidential front-runner Hillary Clinton — after claiming that a group of 10 to 12 white men hurled racial slurs and attacked them on a CDTA bus about 1 a.m. Jan. 30 while others stood by and did nothing.


The alleged incident sparked a large on-campus rally defending women of color and the social media campaign #DefendBlackGirlsUAlbany.


Police now say there is no evidence to back up their story and that the women were the actual aggressors, according to footage captured by cameras on the bus and by witnesses. The actual victim, police said, was a 19-year-old white woman who was also a bus passenger, the Times Union reported.



Passenger lives matter!

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