Shaw University is filing a complaint with the Department of Justice about the traffic stoppage

                 Senior officials at Shaw University announced Monday that they have filed a formal complaint with the US Department of Justice.  The complaint comes after students' belongings were searched during an October traffic stop on I-85 in Spartanburg County.  Eighteen Shaw University students were on the bus when Spartanburg and Cherokee County deputies said they stopped the driver for veering off the lane.  The complaint says the university is not aware of any video showing the bus swerving or supporting a traffic stop.  Shaw University President Dr. Paulette Dillard believes this was unnecessary and racially motivated.  “I want to say to our students, 'I'm sorry you had to go through this experience,'" she said. On Monday, both mayors declined to comment on the university's new complaint. But last month, the deputies involved denied allegations of discrimination. It's part of a bigger problem. The sheriff said the stoppage occurred during Operation Rolling Thunder, an annual operation in South Carolina that works to remove illegal contraband from the interstate highway. Deputies used a drug-sniffing dog and hit one bag. They searched it and found nothing Anything, but the DOJ complaint accuses the deputies of searching several others without the students' consent.” The extra bags they opened were green, purple, and blue.  It was not the original bag.  This was an ongoing search that they found nothing except cake and allergy medicine,” said Dan Blue, partner at Blue LLP and attorney at Shaw University. The complaint also alleges that Operation Rolling Thunder “appears to create a reverse incentive for officers to trample on the rights of innocent motorists in their pursuit of prizes.”
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                <strong class="dateline">Spartanburg County, South Carolina -</strong>                                          <p>    Senior officials at Shaw University announced Monday that they have filed a formal complaint with the US Department of Justice.  The complaint comes after students' belongings were searched during an October traffic stop on I-85 in Spartanburg County. 

Eighteen Shaw University students were on the bus when Spartanburg and Cherokee County deputies said they stopped the driver for veering off the lane. The complaint says the university is not aware of any video showing the bus swerving or supporting a traffic stop.

Shaw University President, Dr. Paulette Dillard, that was unnecessary and racially motivated.

“I want to say to our students: I’m sorry you had to go through this experience,” she said.

Shaw University is a historically black university. On Monday, both mayors declined to comment on the university’s new complaint. But the MPs involved last month denied the allegations of discrimination.

The way the stoppage was presented, Dillard said, is part of a larger problem.

“The real issue is why and how a simple traffic violation turned into a drug search on the spot,” she said.

The sheriffs said the stop occurred during Operation Rolling Thunder, an annual operation in South Carolina that works to remove illegal contraband from the highway. The deputies used a drug sniffing dog and hit one bag. They searched it and found nothing, but the Justice Department complaint accuses the deputies of searching several others without the students’ consent.

said Dan Blue, partner at Blue LLP and a Shaw University attorney.

The complaint also alleges that Operation Rolling Thunder “appears to create a pervasive incentive for officers to trample on the rights of innocent motorists in their pursuit of awards.”

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