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Students removed from Trump, Clinton rallies may file lawsuits

Students removed from Trump, Clinton rallies may file lawsuits
A group of African American students who were ordered out a Trump rally at Valdosta State University say there were subjected to racial slurs and treated as "second-class citizens."

Students removed from Trump, Clinton rallies may file lawsuits

College students who say they were harassed and ordered to leave recent presidential campaign rallies in Georgia could be part of a lawsuit against the candidates.

The students spoke out Wednesday in Atlanta about the incidents that happened during a Hillary Clinton rally in Atlanta and a Donald Trump rally in Valdosta.

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"One rally was a Democratic rally, the other rally was a Republican rally. This is not about politics," said State Sen. Vincent Fort, D-Atlanta.

The students allege that local law enforcement and the candidates themselves are stepping on college students' rights to free speech.

"We were treated as second-class citizens. I don't think that anyone was afraid or was scared or anything like that," said Quinten Sims, who was one of 30 African-American students ordered out of the Trump rally at VSU.

Sims says he was subjected to racial slurs as he left. It was just one of two controversial incidents at recent presidential rallies in Georgia.

State senators Fort and Nan Orrock, D-Atlanta, say students' rights to free speech are being trampled on.

"Their constitutional rights were violated. It's for all the world to see on the internet right now. It's very saddening," Orrock said.

Other complaints came out of Hillary Clinton rallies in Atlanta. Georgia State University student Ashona Husbands says when she wrote "black lives matter" on the back of a Clinton poster she was shown the door.

"We had no plan on actually disrupting or protesting or anything. It was all what happened at the rally," Husbands said.

The ACLU is now looking into a lawsuit.

"And part of what I'm interested in learning more about with the investigation is the ways in which the campaign staff, as well as law enforcement, were involved together," Nora Benavidez said.

As for the removal of students from the trump rally at VSU, Police Chief Brian Childress says the students involved were clearly being disruptive and using profanity, which is why they were asked to leave the arena.

Recently there has been media attention regarding an incident where 30-40 youth were removed from the Donald Trump Rally...

Posted by Valdosta Police Department on Wednesday, March 2, 2016

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