A month ago, three black girls at the University of Albany caused a firestorm when they claimed to be the victims of a racially-inspired attack on a campus bus. The trio of 20-year-olds said they were on the bus on January 30 when male riders began assaulting them.
“A whole bunch of guys started hitting me and my two friends, punching us in the head,” said alleged victim Asha Burwell. She later said that the driver “let the bus sit at the stop at the social science building while my friend got beat in the head by white guys.”
In a 911 call that night, Burwell’s fellow “victim” Ariel Agudio said, “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.”
These allegations quickly attracted widespread attention, leading to a huge rally on campus in support of the women. The news even inspired Hillary Clinton to tweet about the incident, saying, “There’s no excuse for racism and violence on a college campus.”
As it turns out, though, Clinton and others might have done well to wait until all the facts were in. The three women – Agudio, Burwell, and Alexis Briggs – are now being charged with assault stemming from the evening in question and the former two are also being charged with falsely reporting an incident.
“The evidence shows that, contrary to how the defendants originally portrayed things, these three individuals were not the victims of a crime,” University Police Chief Frank Wiley said in a statement. “Rather, we allege that they are the perpetrators.”
After police reviewed videos of the incident, they came to the conclusion that the girls’ version of the story didn’t quite match up to the facts. Not only was there no evidence of racial slurs or assault towards the girls, but they were actually shown on video attacking a 19-year-old white female. The white men they said had assaulted them were trying to protect the real victim, according to police.
“I especially want to point out that what happened on the bus was not a ‘hate crime,'” Wiley said.
Of course, now we’ll get to hear from race-bating liberals about how these women deserve to be believed even if the evidence contradicts their story. Or how this one hoax doesn’t take away from other instances of racist assault. Which is perfectly true, but quite irrelevant. What is relevant is that we stop giving “victims” the overwhelming benefit of the doubt in these instances. Let’s start demanding proof before we assume that every racist incident is real. There’s a lot of motivation out there to make this crap up.