Update 2-25-16: After an investigation, University police now say that there was no hate crime and that the three Black women will now be charged with assault. In a statement the university’s police chief said that “the evidence shows that, contrary to how the defendants originally portrayed things, these three individuals were not the victims of a crime. Rather, we allege that they are the perpetrators.”
Three Black women students at the University at Albany of the State University of New York System said they were attacked by a group of White men and women on a local bus that was traveling on the university’s campus. The three Black women say they were accosted with racial slurs and were physically attacked.
In a letter to the campus community, Robert L. Jones, president of the University at Albany, stated that “I am deeply concerned, saddened, and angry about this incident. There is no place in the UAlbany community for violence, no place for racial intolerance, and no place for gender violence.”