Community leaders shown CDTA video of alleged UAlbany attack

ALBANY, N.Y. (NEWS10) – Members of the University at Albany community, political activists and city leaders held a private meeting to view video from the UAlbany and CDTA incident over the weekend.

The meeting took place with Albany County District Attorney David Soares. Included in the meeting was UAlbany Police Chief Frank Wylie.

According to three, black female UAlbany students, they were attacked by nearly a dozen white UAlbany students on a CDTA bus. They claimed racial slurs were yelled at them, and they were kicked and punched.

However, sources told NEWS10 ABC, security footage video from the bus was damaging to their accusations. The bus contained 12 cameras that include audio.

To date, the only video of the incident that has been seen by the public was a few seconds that were shot on a cellphone. But Friday afternoon, people inside the meeting said they saw at least seven more clips from different angles from inside the bus.

Political activist Alice Green with the Center for Law and Justice spoke with NEWS10 ABC as soon as she left the meeting. She said the group watched video from inside the bus as well as cell phone video that was made available.

But she said it was hard to tell who the people were because the people were sitting and standing and crowded around.

“It’s hard to tell what happened on that bus because you can’t hear any racial slurs,” she said. “We couldn’t hear but there were portions of the video where there was no sound.”

On Saturday, the university president put out a statement saying three students “stated racial slurs were used by perpetrators whom they described as a group of 10 to 12 white males and females.”

“We haven’t heard – at least I haven’t heard – any racial slurs,” Green said.

Green also said it was difficult to tell who initiated the fight. But she also said she saw people in the video who tried to break up the fight.

“Some people are trying to break up stuff, but I didn’t see, for instance, any white males attack anybody,” she said.

One thing did stand out to her, however.

“One woman jumped up,” she said. “I don’t know why she jumped up.

She said the bus was so crowded she couldn’t say exactly who it was.

Soares said his decision to show the video had more to do with calming tension.

“We felt it was necessary given our observation of social media and the threats that were going on,” he said.

Soares said it’s too early to come to any conclusions if anyone will face criminal charges.

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