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CDTA Bus Videos Screened For Community Leaders

Last weekend's alleged racial incident involving University at Albany students aboard a CDTA bus remains a mystery after videos have been scrutinized.

Initial reports were that three black student women were called racial slurs during a late night fight on the bus.

The Times Union reports Albany County D.A. David Soares screened the package of videos for two long-time local black activists. In the end, neither the Center for Law and Justice's Alice Green nor Albany Common Council President Carolyn McLaughlin could tell exactly what happened.

The tell they paper they don’t disbelieve the women's claims, but the seven videos they have seen don't appear to show any attack.

Despite some student concerns heading into the weekend, UAlbany spokesman Karl Luntta says: "We don't expect any problems but we're monitoring the campus and situation. The president has called for unity and respectful dialogue and that's what we're seeing on campus."

Dave Lucas is WAMC’s Capital Region Bureau Chief. Born and raised in Albany, he’s been involved in nearly every aspect of local radio since 1981. Before joining WAMC, Dave was a reporter and anchor at WGY in Schenectady. Prior to that he hosted talk shows on WYJB and WROW, including the 1999 series of overnight radio broadcasts tracking the JonBenet Ramsey murder case with a cast of callers and characters from all over the world via the internet. In 2012, Dave received a Communicator Award of Distinction for his WAMC news story "Fail: The NYS Flood Panel," which explores whether the damage from Hurricane Irene and Tropical Storm Lee could have been prevented or at least curbed. Dave began his radio career as a “morning personality” at WABY in Albany.
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