Three black women who are undergraduates at the State University of New York (SUNY) at Albany reported that they were harassed with racial slurs and physically assaulted by a group of 10-12 white men on a bus early Saturday morning.
As first reported by the Associated Press, the Albany Police Department are investigating the incident as a hate crime.
The three women were reportedly traveling on a Capital District Transit Authority (CDTA) bus after 1:00 AM on Saturday when they got into a argument with a group of whites, mostly male. The conflict escalated quickly into the whites shouting racial epithets at the women before proceeding to physically attack them.
One of the three was taken to a nearby hospital for treatment for minor injuries after she was knocked to the floor and kicked by several men.
Albany Police Department spokesman Officer Steve Smith said, “As far as any racial slurs that might have been said, certainly if a hate crime was committed, that’s something that the Albany police would take very seriously.”
Albany’s CBS Channel 6 reported that the police sent had begun circulating a letter addressed to all students, faculty, and staff regarding the incident, asking for any information on the incident be made available to the detectives handling the case.