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Update: Albany Student Case to Go to Trial

May 6, 2016
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The three State University of Albany students charged with assault and falsely reporting a crime.

This is a period of concern over the treatment of black people. There were cases of police shooting unarmed black men. A Black Lives Matter movement started across the nation.

A lot of action took place at colleges. Campuses became sensitive to cases of racism.

Last January there was an incident at the State University of Albany, New York. Three young black women said people uttered racial remarks to them while they were riding on a bus. They also said passengers assaulted them.

The women got off the bus. The next day they went to their school and claimed passengers had harassed and assaulted them. They demanded justice. The school believed them and supported them.

The university held a rally in support of the students. There were calls for increased vigilance against racist acts.

Soon the story the women told began to fall apart. Videotape and witness testimony said it did not happen. Witnesses said the young women were the aggressors.

The young women had many advocates who were sure the incident was racial. The video was not 100 percent clear on the event. But witnesses said the students assaulted the passengers. They told a convincing story.

The District Attorney tried to end the case by getting the young women to apologize for their actions. They refused to do so. The campus has been in turmoil.

The District Attorney now is bringing the case to trial. The charges include assault, attempted assault and false reporting of an incident. They also charge the women with harassment.

There are two versions of the story. One is likely to be the more truthful. Unless there is a plea deal a jury will decide.

If the judgment is guilty, it will do harm to the credibility of the movement. Unfortunately, racist acts will continue to take place. The Albany case may make them a little harder to prove.

Source: The Albany Times Union May 2, 2016

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