The University at Albany has expelled two black female students and suspended a third after they were indicted for allegedly lying about being victims of a hate crime.
Ariel Agudio and Asha Burwell have been dismissed from the university and Alexis Briggs has been suspended for two years, according to an email sent to the school community Thursday by President Robert J. Jones, 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 12 to 20 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.I am used to these fake hate crimes from gays and now have accepted Instapundit's view: "I now start with the presumption that these stories are bogus." While there are certainly hate crimes out there, so often these are cries for attention from snowflakes with a cause. That's why there is a website that tracks them.