A women’s group in Delaware State blames Georgia’s ministers for “disgracing” the nation’s reputation for drug trafficking.

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The women’s lacrosse team at Delaware State University was on its way home after the last game when its bus was towed to Georgia because it appeared to be driving in the wrong direction. But when the Liberty County Sheriff’s Office rounded up the team bus last month, players and coaches at Black Black University were shocked to learn that the government had turned traffic jams into a chance for the minister and the dog-smelling dog to investigate. goods and goods.

“If there is anything suspicious, please tell me now because when we find it, what do you think? We can not help you, “the second, White, said on the bus, according to a video taken by one of the runners and posted on YouTube.” Marijuana is not allowed in Georgia. “

The incident, which was described in detail in the article by sophomore lacrosse player Sydney Anderson in the school’s student newspaper, Hornet, was based on what the HBCU president says is a lawsuit against a team made up of many Black players.

“At first, everyone thought it was a quick suspension,” Pamella Jenkins, the team’s head coach, told The Washington Post. “Then we were quickly reminded that this was not the case.”

A group of women at Delaware State University lacrosse accused of racist police during a traffic jam in Liberty County, Ga., On April 20. (Video: Saniya Craft via Storyful)

Now, university and state lawmakers want answers. In a letter written Monday, Delaware State University President Tony Allen said the video footage of the incident “clearly shows law abiding citizens who try to intimidate our athletes into admitting their drug and / or drug use.”

“Frankly, no restrictions were found in this study, and all of our coaches and student athletes performed respectfully throughout the trial and embarrassment,” said Allen, noting that he had been in contact with Delaware Gov. John Carney (D) is a U.S. lawmaker who specializes in drug trafficking. “They, like me, get angry. We have also reached out to Georgia Law Enforcement and are exploring ways we can help – legally and otherwise – available to our athletic students, coaches, and the university. “

Liberty County Sheriff William Bowman did not respond promptly to a request for comment Tuesday. Bowman, the first black sheriff in the county’s history, told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution that the competition had failed to act on the investigation and said his office would “follow the facts” in investigating what happened.

“If anything is proven wrong, what to do,” Bowman said. The sponsors who participated in the study were not publicly identified.

The women’s lacrosse group in Dover, Del., Ended its season last month against Stetson University in Florida. As soon as the rental bus began the nearly 14-hour drive home, the driver, Tim Jones, was dropped off at Interstate 95 in Liberty County on April 20, also known as the annual cannabis vacation, Allen wrote. Jones, a black man, was told by sheriff’s ministers that buses of his size were not allowed to drive on the left lane, Anderson reported in a student newspaper.

When Jones was asked to get off the bus, coaches and players said the government had begun investigating traffic incidents to show that this was not just a parking lot.

“We were sitting on the bus waiting, and then one of my classmates exclaimed, ‘They’re getting us off the bus,’” Jenkins, 42, told WHYY. “And we all look, and then we see a dog sniffing and going through our luggage, going through the bags as they get off the bus.”

When two of the delegates boarded the bus, Anderson said he informed the group that their bags and luggage would be tested for possession of intoxicants, such as marijuana, ketamine, and heroin. The deputy police chief accused the police of “trying to get the women to admit they were the owners of ‘imaginary’ drugs.”

Anderson wrote: “The police tried to force him to admit that he was a drug addict, but it was out of their control. “The police conducted an illegal investigation because there was no reason to believe. [A] most of the team members had never met with the police, which made this a tragedy for them. “

Jenkins, who is in his third year as head coach, told The Post that his deputy had explained to the team that the suspension was now in search of drugs and he mentioned the marijuana immediately which angered the coach.

“We’re talking about specialists in the field, and for them to follow this and look the same, I was angry,” he said. “I also had nothing to do because there was nothing I could do at the time. I trusted my girls. When I heard that, I thought, ‘This is strange!’ ”

Anderson said the ministers “began throwing underwear and other feminine items, in an attempt to find drugs.” One of the directors is heard saying in the video that he will be “grateful” if there is no cure available for the study.

He said: “It will make my job easier.

The driver was not given a word during the suspension, Jenkins said.

In the days since Anderson’s report on Wednesday’s incident, lawmakers at the university and Delaware have called for more to be done in Georgia to investigate the investigation. Allen wrote in his letter to Delaware State that the school “does not wish to allow this or any other such incident to take place.” Carney said in a statement Monday that the video was “disappointing, frustrating and frustrating.”

“Times like this need to be changed as part of our country’s history, but they continue to be a tragic event in many parts of our country,” Carney said. “It’s very difficult especially when it affects our community.”

Three-thirds of the Delaware Democrats in Congress – Sens. Thomas R. Carper and Christopher A. Coons and Rep. Lisa Blunt Rochester – also described Carney in a cohesive manner on the “very disturbing” events.

“No one should feel unsafe or humiliated by any government or group that has sworn to protect and serve them,” he said. “This is especially true for students who have studied HBCUs like Delaware State University with a history of promoting areas that often experience discrimination and other barriers to access.”

The hunt is expected to return this week with former Atlanta mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms speaking at a ceremony in Delaware State, according to the Delaware State Journal.

While it is not known if anything will happen, Mr. Jenkins and the group called the sheriff’s office to apologize for the alleged alleged genocide. But more than that, Jenkins believes the story will help the other group avoid the problem of drug trafficking, which they consider racist, as he has been struggling for weeks.

“I believe the result of this is the answer,” he said. “I’m just waiting for the outcry in the whole country, people will realize that this is not good and it can be avoided. Apologizing would be a good thing, but we are looking forward to spreading the word so that this does not happen again in this country.”

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