From Mad World News
Three female college students were quick to call 911, claiming they were the victims of assault by an angry group of white people, who attacked them on a bus for “being black.” The incident sparked tensions, and protests were quick to erupt. Now, video of the incident has been released and justice is coming, but it’s the “victims” who are finding themselves in hot water.
Ariel Agudio, Asha Burwell, and Alexis Briggs, all 20 years old, were innocently riding a bus on the morning of January 30 when they were viciously attacked because of their race, or so they claim. Allegedly, a group of white men and women hurled racial slurs at the girls before a physical attack ensued, as bystanders looked on, refusing to come to their aid.
At least, that’s what they’d have you believe. Unfortunately for them, there’s a video, and it paints a different picture. Luckily, justice will be served, and the girls are going to be on the receiving end.
After investigators reviewed multiple videos of the incident in an attempt to identify the perpetrators of the reported hate crime, they found no evidence that the women were the victims of any crime or subjected to any racial slurs. On the other hand, police found that the women were actually the aggressors, who assaulted a 19-year-old white woman. Now, because of their own call to police, they are going to pay for their crimes, which they might have gotten away with had they not falsified a report.
According to police, surveillance and cellphone video footage, as well as eyewitness accounts, contradicted the reports the women made to police. While Agudio, Burwell, and Briggs claimed that white men assaulted them, the video showed they were trying to break up the fight the women were having with the younger white woman. However, the facts didn’t stop Aguido and Burwell from calling 911 and falsely reporting the incident.
“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,” Agudio tells the dispatcher in one of the calls. Little did they know at the time, their calls to 911 would result in false report charges when the truth came out.
Ariel Agudio and Asha Burwell have been charged with misdemeanor assault and falsely reporting an incident, while Alexis Briggs has been charged with misdemeanor assault, the University at Albany announced. Their claims of a “hate crime” have been disproven, with University Police Chief Frank Wiley making that clear in a statement. “I especially want to point out that what happened on the bus was not a ‘hate crime,’” he said, according to the Albany Times-Union.
Unfortunately, just like other false claims of racism such as those involving the death of Michael Brown, the damage was already done. Tensions on campus following the alleged incident had garnered extensive media attention, Fox News reports. Even Democratic frontrunner Hillary Clinton went to bat for the alleged victims, issuing a sympathetic tweet.
The women are scheduled to appear in court Monday, and a conviction on the assault charges is punishable by up to one year in jail. We can only hope that an example is made of them. There’s only one thing worse than racism, and it’s lying about racism.
These women have done harm to race relations on their campus, in their community, and in our country after fury erupted nationally because of their false allegations. They’re just lucky no one decided to burn their city down. This could have been Ferguson all over again.