And the hate crime hoaxes continue apace.
Fox News reports that two of three black female students the University at Albany who claimed to be victims of an assault by a group of white men and women have instead been charged with misdemeanor assault themselves and with falsely reporting an incident. The third woman has been charged with misdemeanor assault.
Ariel Agudio, Asha Burwell, and the third woman Alexis Briggs, all 20, claimed they were physically attacked and called racial slurs early on the morning of January 30 while riding a bus. They also claimed that bystanders looked on and did not come to their assistance. In a 911 call Agudio made, she told the dispatcher,
"It was a racial crime. They were calling us [N-word] and all this stuff ... And if someone doesn't come and take this down or something, I'm going to call the news."
The incident sparked protests on campus as hundreds gathered under the Black Lives Matter banner.
The three supposed victims clung to each other in tearful solidarity as they spoke before the crowd about their search for justice:
The incident drew extensive media attention, including a sympathetic tweet from Democratic frontrunner Hillary Clinton. University President Robert Jones released a statement afterward, saying there is no place for hate at the school: “I call upon all members of the University at Albany to unite. We must show the world that we stand for inclusiveness and stand against bias, violence and hatred.”
Well, now everyone knows precisely where the bias, violence, and hatred are coming from, because to the surprise of literally no one, investigators now say that a review of multiple videos of the incident contradicts the women's account and shows no evidence that the women were victims of a crime or subjected to any racial slurs. In fact, police said surveillance and cellphone video, as well as eyewitness testimony, proved that the three women themselves were the aggressors, assaulting a 19-year-old white woman. The white men whom Agudio, Burwell and Briggs claimed assaulted them were actually trying to break up the fight.
"I especially want to point out that what happened on the bus was not a 'hate crime,'" University Police Chief Frank Wiley said in a statement. Yes it was - a black hate crime against innocent whites.
The women are scheduled to appear in court Monday. A conviction on the assault charges is punishable by up to one year in jail.