HBCU, Shaw University Files Formal Complaint Seeking Review of Racially Profiled Bus Search
Posted By: Sofía Montiel on November 22, 2022 |
RALEIGH, N.C. - A historically Black university in North Carolina says it has filed a complaint with the Department of Justice seeking a review of a search of a bus carrying students during a traffic stop in South Carolina last month. Shaw University President Paulette Dillard has accused law enforcement officers of racially profiling students traveling to a conference in Atlanta.
Spartanburg County Sheriff Chuck Wright called the accusations false, saying officers stopped the bus because it was swerving.
Dillard says the issue is how the alleged minor violation turned into a drug search. The complaint states that a lane violation would be insufficient justification for a search and students’ privacy was violated because they didn’t consent to a luggage search.
“The harmful effects of eroding individual rights under the pretext of law and order are real – and they are rampant all over the country,” said Dillard at a news conference on Monday. “Let’s be clear… racism is about power and systems; and just because there isn’t a knee on someone’s neck doesn’t mean that no harm is being done.”
SOURCE KTVZ - NewsChannel 21
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