ALBANY, N.Y. (NEWS10) – The Albany County District Attorney is looking into an alleged racially charged attack against three University at Albany students.
On January 30, three, black female UAlbany students said they were attacked by nearly a dozen white UAlbany students on a CDTA bus. They claimed racial slurs were yelled at them, and they were kicked and punched.
Officials, including the Albany County DA, are looking at security video from inside the bus. The bus had at least 12 cameras on it, which include audio. Sources tell NEWS10 ABC the video is damaging the young women’s accusations.
Police are also reviewing cellphone video from witnesses on the bus. On one video from a cell phone, it is hard to make out two female figures fighting. Surrounding them are young passengers said to be fellow UAlbany students on their way back to campus from a fun Saturday night in downtown Albany.
One witness even said how “awesome” it is.
The fight caused an uproar. It culminated in a huge rally on the UAlbany campus in support of the three female students who claimed they were attacked. They said their attackers used their fists and hurled racist, hurtful words.
The fallout has been ugly. Accusations and threats have buzzed around social media, including the National Football League.
San Diego Chargers tackle Tyreek Burwell is the brother of the one of the alleged victims. He posted a tweet threatening one student believed to be involved. It was quickly deleted.
According to one student, that young man has dropped out.
But things may not be as first thought. Sources close to the case tell NEWS10 ABC the cameras inside the bus reveal another, very different story.
On the cell phone video, no racial slurs or any cheering can be heard. However, it is only a slice of what was going on.
No charges have been filed in the incident.
NEWS10 ABC reporter Anya Tucker reached out as best she could to Tyreek Burwell and the students who claim to be victims. She also reached out to the school’s president’s office, but he was not available.
No one was talking.
On Thursday, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton sent a tweet condemning the alleged attack.