UAlbany expels two students involved in hate crime hoax

The University of Albany expelled two students and suspended a third for two years following their indictment for lying about an incident on a municipal bus where the women alleged a hate crime against them had been committed.

Washington Times:

Ariel Agudio and Asha Burwell have been dismissed from the university and Alexis Briggs has been suspended for two years, according to an email sent to the school community Thursday by President Robert J. Jones, the Albany Times Union reported.

The women grabbed national headlines — and a sympathetic tweet from Democratic presidential front-runner Hillary Clinton — after claiming that a group of 12 to 20 white men hurled racial slurs and attacked them on a CDTA bus about 1 a.m. Jan. 30 while others stood by and did nothing.

The alleged incident sparked a large on-campus rally defending women of color and the social media campaign #DefendBlackGirlsUAlbany.

Police now say there is no evidence to back up their story and that the women were the actual aggressors, according to footage captured by cameras on the bus and by witnesses. The actual victim, police said, was a 19-year-old white woman who was also a bus passenger.

The three women were indicted this week by a grand jury and arraigned for 10 misdemeanor charges, including assault, attempted assault and false reporting, along with a violation for harassment, the Times Union reported. They have pleaded not guilty.

The three didn’t show up for their student conduct board hearing March 9, because their lawyers cited a conflict of interest in which UAlbany served as judge in the board hearings and witness in the criminal case, the Times Union reported.

Ms. Burwell’s lawyer Frederick Brewington noted that Ms. Burwell had already withdrawn from the university before she had been given a hearing and then dismissed, the Times Union reported.

Inspector Paul Burlingame of the University Police Department, a witness who testified at the hearing, said the real victims of the assault stayed mum during the media storm because they feared for their safety.

“One of the female victims,” Mr. Burlingame said, “withdrew out of concern for her physical safety.”

This story falls under the title “World’s Dumbest Hate Crime Hoaxers.” Rule #1 in faking a hate crime: Make sure there isn’t any video that can contradict your story.

In this case, the bus video clearly showed the women as the aggressors and the victims, terrified for their personal safety, have gone silent. Meanwhile, no apology has been issued by the school and certainly no regrets have been expressed by the Clinton campaign for lending support to this hoax.

In the world of aggressive racialists who see racism and hate under every bed and in every closet, there is no such thing as a “hoax” so there’s no reason to apologize or even acknowledge the mistake. A real racist incident – real or perceived – will come along shortly and we can start the whole tiresome process over again.

Congo: Muslims slit Christians’ throats, thousands flee ongoing jihad violence


“Between 20:00 and 22:00, the enemy managed to get past army positions and kill peaceful residents in their homes, slashing their throats. The 16 bodies are in front of me, killed by machete or axe.”

“When you meet the unbelievers, strike the necks…” (Qur’an 47:4)


“DR Congo – Christians killed, as thousands flee continuing Islamist violence,” World Watch Monitor, May 6, 2016:

Islamist militants are suspected to have killed between 20 and 40 villagers in the eastern extremes of the Democratic Republic of the Congo, according to news reports and a World Watch Monitor source.

Attackers carried machetes and axes into a village in North Kivu province, in eastern DRC, late in the evening on 3 May.

“Between 20:00 and 22:00, the enemy managed to get past army positions and kill peaceful residents in their homes, slashing their throats,” local administrator Bernard Amisi Kalonda told Agence France-Presse. “The 16 bodies are in front of me, killed by machete or axe.”

One local source later told World Watch Monitor on 6 May that as many as 34 may have died; another source quoted 38, including, he said, two elders and their wives of the CECA 20 (Communaute Evangelique au Centre de l’Afrique) Church.

A local Christian missionary told World Watch Monitor on 4 May that thousands of people have fled the area.

“It was eerie; hundreds of houses abandoned and thousands of people displaced,” the missionary said. “I saw four coffins and a funeral or two on the road. I saw people carrying their mattresses and things in cars, on motorcycles, on foot.

“Hundreds of homes along the road are abandoned. Where there was thriving community, there is now a ghost town.”…


For Barbara Ellen at the Guardian: Social worker, 38, had sex with vulnerable boy, 16, in a hotel………..

Barbara Ellen  ” do we seriously think that a female teacher sleeping with a male pupil is on a par with a male teacher sleeping with a girl pupil? I don’t.”






A social worker has been struck off the register after engaging in a sexual relationship with a ‘vulnerable’ teenage boy.

Claire Runkee, 38, was struck off the register of social workers after her relationship with the 16-year-old, during which she took him to a hotel for the night and sent him a string of explicit messages.

At a Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) hearing it emerged the boy – who was placed with his foster carers at the age of four and known as Child A – had to undergo therapy after the liaison was uncovered.

Ms Runkee was caught when the boy’s foster carers saw more than 100 ‘graphic and sexually explicit’ messages on Facebook.

She qualified as a social worker in 2012, and had been working with a children’s safeguarding team for a year before developing ‘a friendship’ outside of work with Child A.

The boy was vulnerable, had struggled at school and was under a care order.

His foster carers saw the Facebook messages from Ms Runkee between January 1 and February 13 last year, which showed she had ‘placed pressure’ on the boy not to reveal their relationship.

One message stated: ‘Choose what you want to say and stick to it, don’t rock the boat baby.

‘Think about keeping your mouth shut as to deviate will cause us problems.’

The foster carers sent the messages to the council that had placed the boy in care and an investigation began.

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