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Delaware university to file civil rights complaint over lacrosse team's bus search

The president of Delaware State University, a historically Black institution, announced on Friday that the school would be filing a civil rights complaint after Georgia county officials searched the university’s women’s lacrosse team’s baggage.

“I am announcing the University’s intention to file a formal complaint with the Civil Rights Division of the United States Department of Justice. The basis of this complaint will be police misconduct related to the April 20 incident in which Liberty County Sheriff’s Department officers conducted a constitutionally dubious ‘stop and search’ of a charter bus transporting the University’s women’s lacrosse team,” Delaware State President Tony Allen said in his opening statement during a press briefing.

Allen said the stop and search — which began as a minor traffic violation and escalated into a search for possible drugs — is “a violation of rights—the rights of every passenger on the bus and those of the driver.”

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