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Black sorority members questioned by police while cleaning highway

By Ayana Jones,

A historically African-American sorority is calling for the Pennsylvania State Police to issue an official apology after some members were questioned by an officer during a community service project.

Members of Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority, Inc. Harrisburg Alumnae Chapter (Kappa Omicron Sigma Chapter) were cleaning the area around the 13th Street exit of Highway 83 in Harrisburg on Saturday, when a state trooper pulled by behind the group of women and asked them if they were fighting.

Shawna N. Harrell, the president of the chapter outlined the incident in a Facebook post.

5afc3cf757f29.image“I’ve never seen anyone out here cleaning and I’m responding to a call,” the trooper said according to the post.

The sorority members told the trooper who they were and explained that they just finished cleaning up needles, bottles, diapers and other trash. The trooper asked the women what schools did they attend and requested identification, according to the post.


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