A decision by Hillary Clinton to jump the gun and decry “racism and violence” by a group of white men in New York has blown up in the Democrat front-runner’s face.
Three University of Albany students claimed they were the victims of a racial attack on a CDTA bus Jan. 30, which prompted the former secretary of state to magnify their story on social media Feb. 4. After race protests on campus, a #DefendBlackGirlsUAlbany Twitter campaign, and tearful speeches, police now say a white girl was the real victim.
“A whole bunch of guys started hitting me and my two friends, punching us in the head,” Asha Burwell wrote in an Instagram post after the incident. She also said the driver “let the bus sit at the stop at the social science building while my friend got beat in the head by white guys.”
Cops have charged Ariel Agudio, Alexis Briggs and Burwell, all 20 years old, with misdemeanor assault and attempted criminal mischief, the Albany Times Union reported Thursday. Clinton has not addressed her previous show of support for the girls, one of which yelled “white b–ch!” at a 19-year-old commuter.
“Oh Hillary. Girls you thought were victims of a race crime have been charged with assault and filing false report. Comment?” a Twitter user identified as MenRec wrote to Clinton on Friday.
“The 3 ‘accusers’ are being charged with assault and filing a false report. Care to rethink this tweet?” asked D. Scott.
A statement released by University Police Chief Frank Wiley on Thursday telegraphed total confidence in CDTA’s bus footage of absolving any white students of wrongdoing.
“The evidence shows that, contrary to how the defendants originally portrayed things, these three individuals were not the victims of a crime,” Wiley said. “The evidence indicates they were actually the aggressors in the physical altercation, and that they continued to assault the victim despite the efforts of several passengers to stop them. What happened on the bus was not a ‘hate crime.’ … The only person we heard uttering racial epithets was one of the defendants.”
The women are scheduled to appear for arraignment in Albany City Court on Monday.
Agudio’s Albany attorney, Mark Mishler, called the charges “unfortunate.”
The school’s president, Robert Jones, asked for the community’s “continued patience and respect as the judicial process continues.”