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Another Supposed ‘Hate Crime’ Is Falling Apart In New York

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Another alleged hate crime on an American college campus is starting to fall apart under scrutiny, this time in upstate New York.

Last weekend, three black female students at the University of Albany, a campus in the State University of New York (SUNY) system, made allegations that they were victims of a hate-fueled mob assault while riding a bus.

On Saturday, Jan. 30, the women claimed they were traveling on a public bus when they began arguing with a group of 10 to 12 white men and women, who were also SUNY students. They said the argument escalated into a torrent of racial slurs, and one of the alleged victims said she was pushed to the floor and then kicked repeatedly by several of the men.

“I just got jumped on a bus while people hit us and called us the ‘n’ word,” Asha Burwell, one of the alleged victims, said on Twitter. “NO ONE helped us.” Burwell suggested the attack was purely racially-motivated and accused others on the bus of being illegal “bystanders.”

The allegations sparked immediate outrage on campus. On Monday night, hundreds of students gathered on campus for a protest demanding justice, and even tying the incident into the national Black Lives Matter movement. SUNY Albany president Robert Jones ended an off-campus trip early to return and take charge of the situation, he pledged to hold the perpetrators “fully responsible.”

NFL player Tyreek Burwell, a tackle for the San Diego Chargers and the brother of Asha, even sent a violent threat via Twitter at one of the supposed attackers, though he deleted it shortly after.

But now, it appears the supposed mob assault may be little more than a fevered dream. As it turns out, the incident on the bus was captured by no fewer than 12 different cameras (several of which also recorded audio) that were able to capture the incident in detail. According to local station NEWS10, the footage on the cameras is “damaging to the young women’s accusations.”

Only one of these videos has emerged thus far, and it captures just part of the incident, making it very difficult to tell what is going on. However, in the video, no racial slurs are heard and there doesn’t seem to be a large crowd egging on an attack. Instead, the video seems to show one woman attacking another while a man tries to pull her away.

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Police are continuing to investigate the matter, and no arrests or charges have been made thus far.

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