Three students at the University of Albany will face charges after police say evidence proves they were the aggressors of a racial attack in which they claimed to be the victims (video below).
According to authorities, Alexis Briggs, Ariel Audio and Asha Burwell will soon be charged with third-degree assault for the attack, reports Daily Mail.
The incident took place on Jan. 30. The students initially claimed they were assaulted by a 19-year-old woman on the Capital District Transportation Authority bus in a racially motivated attack. They claimed to have racial slurs yelled at them by 12 white students before being physically assaulted. The claims now have been determined to be false, reports WTEN.
“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,” a police statement said.
During a three-week investigation, police say video from 12 security cameras and four cellphone cameras was reviewed and 35 witnesses were interviewed.
Two surveillance videos were released on Feb. 25.
On the day of the attack, Burwell tweeted about the incident, saying she was beaten because of the color of her skin.
Before the students were proven to be the aggressors, the attack was heavily discussed on social media, with former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton even tweeting about the incident, saying, “There’s no excuse for racism and violence on a college campus.”