Shaw U files complaint with U.S. Department of Justice

Shaw U files complaint with U.S. Department of Justice


On Oct. 5, law enforcement authorities in South Carolina stopped a charter bus traveling from Shaw University in Raleigh to an educational conference in Atlanta. Aboard were 18 students and two staff members. 

Body camera footage released by the Spartanburg County and Cherokee County sheriff offices shows an officer telling the bus driver he was pulled over for “swerving” and “bumping the yellow lanes.”

What happened next has led Shaw officials to file a formal complaint with the U.S. Department of Justice, alleging the student’s constitutional rights were violated. 

At a press conference on Monday, Shaw’s president, Paulette Dillard, said the officers, using a detection dog, conducted an illegal search of the bus’s storage compartment. The dog focused on a black bag that the officer then searched. The bag contained a box of donuts.

No illegal substances were found. 

“We are obligated and committed to stand up and speak up for those who are historically overlooked and underestimated – because the laws of this nation should protect them too,” Dillard said. 


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