A grand jury has indicted three NY college students who claimed to be the victims of a racially motivated attack. The story garnered national media attention a few months ago after the women made several public appearances, following the alleged incident on a Capital District Transportation Authority bus.
All of the women — who are African American — attend SUNY Albany. The school rallied behind them after the women claimed they were attacked and verbally assaulted by a group of white students while riding the bus on Jan 30.
Their claims of racial injustice were quickly debunked however– mainly because of video recorded by random cell phone users and from the cameras installed all over the bus. WNYT reported at the time that many eyewitness statements helped investigators learn more about what actually happened that night.
It was revealed through those sources that the women weren’t victims — they were actually the ones who instigated the violence.
According to the Albany DA’s Office, Ariel Agudio, Asha Burwell and Alexis Briggs are charged with third degree assault and multiple counts of falsely reporting an incident.
CNN reports that Agudio and Burwell also face charges of harassment. Agudio has also been charged with two counts of attempted assault.
They’re all set to appear in Albany County Court tomorrow for their arraignment.
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