A lacrosse group of college women is feeling frustrated after her rental bus was stopped by police passing through Georgia, an incident that left the school president “angry.”
The Delaware State University women’s lacrosse team was heading north to I-95 in Liberty County, Georgia, southwest of Savannah, on April 20. The Hornets were returning home after playing their final game of the season at Stetson University in Deland, Florida, pa. April 19.
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Bus driver Tim Jones was initially told he was wrong on the left lane when the bus was towed, according to DSU student book The Hornet Newspaper and its thehornetonline.com page. The incident was described in detail in an article published Friday by Sydney Anderson, the second lacrosse football player on the bus.
A video accompanying a story by DSU Saniya Craft shows a senior member saying, “If you have anything in the y’all bag, maybe we’ll find it, okay? I’m looking for a bit of marijuana but I’m pretty. in you we will find everyone. “
By this time, Liberty County Sheriff’s Office officials had begun removing players’ bags from the car’s car park to investigate after asking Jones to open it. Police had a dog that smelled of drugs at the scene.
Officials learned that the passengers were in the lacrosse team.
“If there’s anything in there that’s suspicious,” his deputy said on the bus, “please tell me now, because when we find it, what do you think? We can’t help it.”
Legal staff inside and outside the bus were clean on photos and videos accompanied by thehornetonline.com account. Most, but not all, of the players and coaches on the bus were Black.
DSU President Tony Allen briefed university members on what happened earlier Monday. In it, Allen said DSU has informed Delaware Gov. John Carney, state Attorney General’s office, Delaware congressional delegation and the Congress of the Black Caucus on the incident.
“They, like me, get angry,” Allen wrote. “We have also reached out to Georgia Law Enforcement and are looking at ways in which we can – legally and otherwise – be available to our running students, our coaches, and the university.”
Delaware State coach Pamella Jenkins called Monday’s incident “very disappointing” and praised the team members for being “consistent.”
When members of the group saw their belongings being removed before the second was announced, they were shocked, Jenkins said.
“What made them angry was that they thought they were guilty of it (the defendants),” Jenkins said. “This is what really made me angry because I trust my girls.”
“One of my school athletes asked them, ‘How did we get out of the parking lot all the time to the drug-smelling dogs passing by our luggage?’ Jenkins said. “The police officer said that on this highway there are many buses that smuggle people and they have to work hard. “
Gov. Carney released a statement Monday calling the movie “disappointing, frustrating and frustrating.”
“Times like this have to be changed to be part of our country’s history,” Carney said, “but it continues to be unfortunate all the time in every part of our country. It’s difficult especially when it affects our region.”
After being contacted Monday morning, the Liberty County Sheriff’s Office said it would hold a statement at the end of the day but nothing was released.
In bold letters, Allen also wrote in an email to the DSU team: “We do not want this or that incident to be trivial. We are ready to go wherever the evidence leads us. We have a video. Perhaps more importantly we have the courage to what we believe. “
A member of the Atlantic Sun Conference Hornets played again at Kennesaw State in Georgia on April 16 and University of Jacksonville in Florida on April 18.
While on the bus, the officer told the passengers that “marijuana is not legal in Georgia.” He later stated that “anything you can put on marijuana” for smoking or weight-loss equipment “as standard,” implies that it is also illegal to do so.
The bus was stopped for 30 to 45 minutes, Jenkins said. At one point, his deputy boarded a bus carrying a gift-wrapped box and summoned a man named – senior Aniya Aiken, from Decatur, Georgia.
Aiken was asked where he received the package, Jenkins said. It came from relatives who saw the team play in Kennesaw State. When asked what was inside, Aiken said he was told by his aunt not to open the gift until he returned to school.
“He said ‘You received something and you don’t know what it is?’ Jenkins said, and the second was also told it was a gift to be opened later.
The second one went back to the store with the gift, and it was opened.
“Maybe 10 minutes later he comes to the bus and says’ You’re free to leave, have a good trip,” Jenkins said.
The driver was not given a word.
When Aiken picked up her gift later she found a jewelry box that was a gift for graduates.
“To put it bluntly,” Allen wrote, “no restrictions were found in this study, and all of our coaches and student athletes have done things respectfully throughout the trial and embarrassment.”
In a nutshell, Delaware US Sens. Tom Carper and Chris Coons and US Rep. Lisa Blunt Rochester called this “extremely confusing.”
“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 sought out HBCUs such as Delaware State University who have a history of empowering areas that often experience discrimination and other barriers to accessing opportunities.”
Activities starting in Delaware State and Saturday morning at Alumni Stadium. One of the speakers is former Atlanta mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms, who is expected to address the incident.
The incident took place in a year in which Delaware State and Black Colleges and other Universities have been subjected to repeated harassment.
Allen writes: “It should not be lost on any of us, as the daily line is too small for the ritual and the wonder, for the people of all races, between the safe and the oppressed. and the organizations they serve. Feeling powerless is always important to the enemy. “
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