ALBANY, N.Y. (NEWS10) – The investigation into an alleged racial attack on three UAlbany students has been handed over to the Albany County District Attorney’s office.
Mountains of video evidence are now in the hands of the Albany County district attorney. A criminal investigation is underway. At the same time, University at Albany President Robert Jones said a university panel will decide if any students violated the school’s code of conduct.
“And then they will make a recommendation to the vice president to student affairs about what the dissemination will be based on what the evidence shows,” he said.
Alice Green, a longtime social justice activist, has seen much of the evidence.
“They have a number of video tapes that were taken by individuals on their cell phones,” she said. “They also have all of the tapes that were taken on the bus.”
Green said the video doesn’t paint a clear picture of what happened, but this is what is known:
On Saturday, January 30, three black female UAlbany students claimed they were the victims of a racially motivated attack on a CDTA bus at the hands of a group of white co-eds. Two days later, the accusers took the stage during a rally on campus.
Soon after, video evidence and accounts of contradictory witness statements, casted doubt on the women’s claims.
Neither Green nor Jones said they’ll speculate on what really happened. But Jones said he’s proud of the way students and staff have handled the tense situation that’s opened doors to valuable discussions about racism.
“It’s very, very critically important that we learn from this opportunity,” Jones said.
DA Soares didn’t have time to speak with NEWS10 ABC on Thursday, but his office said the incident is under investigation. Jones will also be holding a discussion on February 23 with students and staff in an effort to learn from the situation.