Coach of Delaware State University’s Women’s Lacrosse Team Says They Were Racially Profiled by Georgia Police Officers During Traffic Stop

The coach of a women’s lacrosse team at a predominantly Black university in Delaware believes South Georgia deputies racially profiled her team during a recent traffic stop that is being investigated by local law enforcement and the school.

The Delaware State University lacrosse team bus was returning from Florida when it was pulled over on I-95 in Liberty County, head coach Pamella Jenkins said Monday in a telephone interview. Six white deputies and a police dog searched the bus for drugs — without probable cause — and found none, the coach said.

“(The deputy) quickly went to marijuana, which stereotypically is unfortunately associated with African Americans. That’s the first thing that he went to,” Jenkins said.

The sheriff’s office said its internal affairs office is investigating the matter. Sheriff William Bowman, who is Black, bristled at concerns that race played a role in the search. He said his office will use videos and other information to “follow the facts” in its investigation.

“If anything is proven wrong, the appropriate actions will be taken,” Bowman said in a telephone interview Tuesday.

Click here to read more.

SOURCE: The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Eric Stirgus

The Delaware State University lacrosse team bus was returning from Florida when it was pulled over on I-95 in Liberty County, head coach Pamella Jenkins said Monday in a telephone interview. Six white deputies and a police dog searched the bus for drugs — without probable cause — and found none, the coach said.

“(The deputy) quickly went to marijuana, which stereotypically is unfortunately associated with African Americans. That’s the first thing that he went to,” Jenkins said.

The sheriff’s office said its internal affairs office is investigating the matter. Sheriff William Bowman, who is Black, bristled at concerns that race played a role in the search. He said his office will use videos and other information to “follow the facts” in its investigation.

“If anything is proven wrong, the appropriate actions will be taken,” Bowman said in a telephone interview Tuesday.

When you purchase a book below it supports the Number #1 Black Christian Newspaper BLACK CHRISTIAN NEWS NETWORK ONE (BCNN1.com) and it also allows us to spread the Gospel around the world.