African American sorority sisters say trooper treated them unfairly


Three members of a mostly African American sorority say they were treated unfairly by a state trooper while they were performing community service.

Shawna Harrell is an attorney who was with two Sigma Gamma Rho sisters on Saturday morning. The group was cleaning up trash near Interstate 83 as part of the Adopt a Highway Program.

Harrell says a trooper approached them and asked if they had they been fighting. She says she was offended by the question. She says she and her sorority sisters were wearing gloves and holding trash bags full of debris.

Harrell says after they explained what they were doing, the trooper asked them for identification. She says he ran their information, then returned and said they were doing great work by volunteering their time.

The sorority has asked the Pennsylvania State Police for an apology. Police said the trooper was not trying to inconvenience the volunteers, and they commend the work the sorority is doing to help beautify state highways.

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