The President of the University of Delaware Tony Allen said that the video footage from the Chamber of Deputies of Georgia, which stopped the women’s team in lacrosse, contradicts the statements of Liberty County Sheriff William Bowman earlier this week.
“Sheriff Bowman insists personal belongings have not been searched,” Allen said in a statement. “The video clearly shows officers looking for toiletries and clothes and even cutting a family gift for graduation.
“Sheriff Bowman said officers were unaware of the nature of the passengers on the bus,” Allen said. “Audio clearly shows that both officers were aware that it was a bus with“ schoolgirls ”and that they did not expect to find anything other than marijuana, which the officer who boarded the bus said they were not looking for.
“It has become much clearer that this incident must be investigated by objective external bodies,” Allen said. “We continue to move forward towards this goal.”
During a news conference on Tuesday, Bowman said that in the morning of the incident, deputies stopped several cars and found contraband in another bus, which was stopped.
He stressed that the deputies did not know the race or gender of the people who were on the bus when it was stopped, and that personal belongings on the bus were not carried out.
Bowman said he was investigating internal affairs and his staff was doing everything according to the book. He also shared footage of the incident from the camera. Deputies are not identified in the video.
“On board, the deputy told passengers that the search would be completed,” Bowman told a news conference. “This is the same protocol that is expected to be used regardless of the race, gender, age or destination of the passenger. No personal belongings on the bus or person were searched. “
Bowman said he was unaware that the situation was perceived as racial profiling until the media began spreading a few weeks after the incident.
“While I don’t believe that racial profiling has taken place based on the information I have now, I welcome feedback from our community on how our law enforcement practices can be improved while maintaining the law,” Bowman said.
On April 20, the Delaware women’s lacrosse team drove north on I-95 with a road game in Florida against Stetson University.
The team bus was stopped in Liberty County, Georgia, citing a traffic violation because the bus was traveling in the left lane.
On the bus, the deputy sheriff of Liberty County announced that deputies were going to search the luggage of team members. Officers also brought their dogs.
Delaware Attorney General Kathleen Jennings said Georgian and U.S. Department of Justice officials should investigate the bus incident.
“These students and coaches didn’t end up in the wrong place at the wrong time,” Jennings said in a statement. “They come from one of the oldest and best HBCUs in the country.
“By all accounts, these young women represented their school and our state with the class, and they were rewarded with a dubious search for their belongings in an attempt to find smuggling that was not there,” Jennings said. “Deputies not only did not find anything illegal in the bags, but also did not issue any coupons for alleged traffic violations.
“Your record and the recent history of South Georgia is valuable,” Jennings added. “If you say that your office will study the events of April 20, I know we can count on a thorough inspection and appropriate action.”