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Liberty Co. Sheriff addresses incident involving Delaware State athletes

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Published: May. 10, 2022 at 12:17 PM EDT|Updated: May. 10, 2022 at 12:43 PM EDT
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LIBERTY COUNTY, Ga. (WTOC) - The President of a prominent HBCU says he’s “incensed” after a traffic stop involving Liberty County Sheriff’s Deputies.

Delaware State University President Tony Allen says the incident happened on April 20 in Liberty County when deputies stopped a bus with the Delaware State Lacrosse team on board and searched their bus.

In a statement released Tuesday by Allen, he said the deputies attempted to quote “intimidate our student-athletes into confessing to possession of drugs and/or drug paraphernalia.” The statement went on to say that deputies found nothing illegal on the bus.

Someone on board the bus took a video during the search. It shows deputies telling the riders on board that their luggage was going to be searched.

You can watch the video below:

The university president says he’s contacted the governor of Delaware, members of Congress and law enforcement in Georgia about the incident.

Liberty County Sheriff William Bowman is holding a news conference after Delaware State University said the university’s lacrosse team was stopped and searched on their bus while traveling through Georgia on April 20.

You can watch the full news conference below:

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