Everyone knows that, for probably the most half, Black cops are blue earlier than they’re Black. Maybe that’s the explanation why Liberty County Sheriff William Bowman, of Liberty, Georgia, is out right here blue-splaining how racial profiling had nothing to do with Georgia deputies pulling over the bus of Delaware State College’s largely Black girls’s lacrosse workforce and looking the bus for medication with out motive to suspect there have been medication on board.

For these unfamiliar with the story, on April 20, officers pulled over the HBCU’s bus for an alleged lane violation and determined to go looking the bus for medication they by no means discovered. In fact, the victims of what needs to be thought of an unlawful search had been shocked and outraged, and now that the story has gone public, the sheriff is making an attempt to faux the deputies did nothing improper. Sadly for him, his narrative is contradicted by the physique digicam footage of the very cops he’s tripping throughout himself to guard.

In response to ABC 10, Liberty County Sheriff William Bowman spoke at a information convention Tuesday to say the officers didn’t know they had been pulling over Black faculty college students till they obtained on the bus and that they by no means searched mentioned college students’ private objects.

“Because of the nature of the element, a Okay-9 was a part of the cease and an alert was given by the Okay-9,” Bowman mentioned. “Earlier than getting into the motorcoach, the deputies weren’t conscious that this faculty was traditionally black or conscious of the race of the occupants because of the peak of the car and the tinted home windows.”

*In my finest Maury voice* Newly revealed physique digicam footage decided that was a lie as a result of one of many cops on his physique digicam is heard saying from outdoors the bus:

“Only a bunch of dang schoolgirls on the bus. Most likely some weed. Perhaps.”

Bowman additionally mentioned that no private objects on the bus had been searched however video footage clearly exhibits the deputies looking via the scholars’ baggage the place folks sometimes preserve their *checks notes* private objects.

However no worries, as a result of that’s not what Bowman meant.

“There was misinformation that the people had been searched. No gamers had been searched and the K9 by no means entered the car to go looking them,” Bowman wrote in a press release clarifying his earlier assertion. “Solely the entrance baggage space was checked. My remark about private belongings not being searched referred to the folks on the bus and their objects with them within the car. I noticed the scholars’ video clips so there was no want for me to lie about whether or not something was searched. My phrases about private belongings should be clarified.”

In different phrases: “Once I mentioned ‘private objects,’ I didn’t imply objects that belonged to an individual, I meant no one who owned objects was searched.”

I’ve heard quite a lot of lazy excuses in my day, however I gotta say that’s a brand new one.

Anyway, Delaware’s legal professional normal is asking for a federal investigation into the incident amid the brand new footage being launched. In the meantime, Bowman continues to be shucking and jiving across the subject whereas making an attempt to stroll a good line between defending his deputies and interesting to these outraged by their actions.

“As a veteran, a former Georgia State Trooper and a sheriff of this division, I don’t train racial profiling, permit racial profiling or encourage racial profiling,” Bowman mentioned. “From what I’ve gathered, I imagine that the cease was authorized, however I additionally perceive my responsibility to assist the general public perceive legislation enforcement whereas in search of methods to enhance companies.”

“Though I don’t imagine any racial profiling happened based mostly on the data I at present have, I welcome suggestions from our neighborhood on ways in which our legislation enforcement practices might be improved whereas nonetheless sustaining the legislation,” Bowman went on to say. “Greater than something, we wish suggestions from the passengers of the Delaware College lacrosse workforce.”

Yeeeeah, the workforce already gave their suggestions within the faculty newspaper. Spoiler alert: They mentioned they had been racially profiled and traumatized by the search.


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