Body camera video shows at least one deputy tearing up a present from one of the player’s aunts. It was a dictionary.
LIBERTY COUNTY, Georgia — Newly released body camera footage shows Liberty County deputies arresting a Delaware state women’s lacrosse team.
“The reason I’m arresting you is a violation of the left lane,” one deputy said in the video.
Deputies were looking for possible drugs after stopping other vehicles carrying contraband.
Players on the bus also recorded their views.
“I’m not looking for a little marijuana but I’m pretty sure the chaperones will be disappointed if we find any,” another assistant told the players.
Players like Sydney Anderson believe the marijuana charges were racially motivated.
“The majority of my team is black, my head coach is black, and the bus driver was black, so there was no correlation between a traffic violation and having our luggage checked,” Anderson said. .
Liberty County Sheriff William Bowman claims because of tinted windows; the deputies could not know the race of the people on board.
He also said the players’ bags were never searched.
“No personal items on the bus or anyone was searched,” Bowman said.
But body camera video shows at least one deputy tearing up a present from one of the player’s aunts.
It was a dictionary. No medicine was ever found.
“It’s a bunch of school girls on the bus, probably some grass, maybe,” an MP says in the video.
Delaware Attorney General Kathy Jennings said she was deeply troubled by the April incident. She said MPs’ reasoning for the search is questionable.
Jennings is now asking the Justice Department to investigate the arrest.
“Ladies, we’re not singling anyone out. That’s our job. That’s what we do,” one MP said.
The university president called the research “irrational.”
Bowman said the ruling is under formal review, but declined to comment further.