NY College Students Indicted for Falsely Reporting Racial Assault

Tim Stelloh, NBC News, May 2, 2016

Three New York college students who said they were victims of a racially motivated attack in January were indicted on Monday for falsely reporting the incident.

The indictment also accused the students of assaulting–or attempting to assault–passengers on the Albany bus that they claimed to have been attacked on.

Albany County District Attorney P. David Sores identified the students as Ariel Aguido, 20, Asha Burwell, 20, and Alexis Briggs, 20.

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The January claim, which involved allegations of as many as a dozen white men and women harassing and assaulting the three students, triggered protests at the University at Albany.

{snip} A three-week university police investigation followed, and authorities said in February that evidence showed the students’ initial claims “were false” and that the women allegedly assaulted a 19-year-old female passenger.

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