Around 1 a.m. on January 30, three young black women from the University of Albany accused a group of white men of assaulting them on a crowded bus and shouting racial slurs throughout the attack. But on Monday, February 29, the three students were charged with misdemeanor assault, while two of them also face charges of lying to police.
After the accusations, the trio of young woman received sympathetic news coverage around the country. Students at the University of Albany held a rally to support the young women: Ariel Agudio, 20; Alexis Briggs, 20; and Asha Burwell, 20. At the rally, Burwell tearfully told the crowd, “As black women, we are shocked, upset, but we will remain unbroken.” Even presidential candidate Hillary Clinton tweeted about the event, and local authorities promised a prompt and thorough investigation.