UAlbany Students Facing Assault Charges after Reporting Fake Hate Crime
Three SUNY Albany students are facing criminal charges after falsely claiming they were victims of a racially motivated attack on January 30. The three African American women, Ariel Agudio, Alexis Briggs, and Asha Burwell, all 20, will be charged with third-degree assault and with falsely reporting an incident.
Early Saturday morning on January 30, Agudio, Briggs, and Burwell claimed they were harassed and assaulted by a mob of white people while riding on a CDTA bus back to campus from the bars in Albany.
Their story involved 10-20 white students spewing racial epithets and punching and kicking them while on the bus.
After the alleged assault, at least two of the women took to Twitter and Instagram with their claims.
"I just got jumped on a bus while people hit us and called us the 'n' word and nobody helped us," wrote one of the students.
"I got beat up by 20 people screaming racial slurs," wrote another, later adding that "a whole bunch of guys started hitting me and my two friends."
One of them also wrote on Twitter: "I begged people to help us and instead of help they told us to shut the (bleep) up and continuously hit us in the head."
Asha Burwell tweeted: "I can't believe I just experienced what it's like to be beaten because of the color of my skin."
Her brother, San Diego Chargers lineman Tyreek Burwell, tweeted a threatening message to a student he thought hurt his sister.
The message was quickly deleted, but the damage was done. The student Tyreek threatened left school -- at least temporarily -- out of concern for his safety.
“He’s gone, he left school,” a fellow student said.
Without confirming whether the allegations were true, UAlbany President Robert Jones said he was “deeply concerned, saddened and angry about this incident.” Hundreds of students appeared at a rally that also included members of the National Congress of Black Women and the Albany chapter of Black Lives Matter.