Twenty-year-old New York students Alexis Briggs, Ariel Agudio, and Asha Burwell appeared in court Monday in response to an incident that happened on January 30th aboard a bus at the University of Albany.
The altercation was originally reported as a hate crime when 911 received a call from Burwell stating that she and her friends had were attacked on the bus because they were black.
Asha Burwell, one of the girls involved in the attack, stated:
But video was released during the investigation, showing that the girls had instigated the fight.
According to Daily Mail, during the girls' arraignment, presiding judge Rachel Krester remarked:
“These charges would have a profound impact on the community, and in fact if proven, are shameful.”
The girls face charges of misdemeanor assault and harassment, while two face charges of filing a false report. Here they are in court, where they each pleaded not guilty of all charges:
They each face up to one year in jail if found guilty of assault.