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Georgia Cops Rummaged Through Student-Athletes' Luggage in a Fruitless Search for 'a Little Bit of Marijuana'

Police in Liberty County, Georgia, are scrambling to defend a traffic stop last month of the Delaware State University women’s lacrosse team, which players and coaches say ended in a “humiliating” and unlawful search of their belongings. 

The team charter bus for Delaware State University, a historically black institution, was stopped on April 20 while traveling north through Georgia on I-95 after a game in Florida. In bodycam footage recorded by one of the Liberty County deputies, you can hear him tell the driver he pulled the bus over because it was illegally driving in the left lane. 

Rather than simply cite the bus driver and send the team on their way, however, the deputies searched the luggage of the players and coaches, which was stowed under the bus.

Based on reporting in other outlets and the bodycam footage made available by Liberty County, it’s not clear what the pretext

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