Del State University: Georgia drug search intimidated Black athletes

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SAVANNAH, Ga. (AP) — The president of Delaware State University says sheriff’s deputies in Georgia intimidated and humiliated the school women’s lacrosse team when officers pulled over the athletes’ bus and searched it for drugs.

DSU President Tony Allen said in a letter to students and faculty Monday that campus officials are “incensed” over the April 20 traffic stop that occurred as the team was traveling home from a game in Florida. Allen said the chartered bus was pulled over for a minor traffic violation, but then deputies with drug-sniffing dogs began searching the students’ bags and belongings. Liberty County Sheriff William Bowen says his office is reviewing the stop.

The sheriff, who is Black, said his department doesn’t practice racial profiling.


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