College Campus Protests: Students Arrested May Now Face Criminal Cases


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George Washington University in Washington, D.C.

Washington, D.C. police arrested 33 people after officers moved to clear a pro-Palestinian encampment on campus, according to news reports. Charges for protesters include assault on a police officer and unlawful entry.

Attorney General for the District of Columbia Brian Schwalb did not immediately respond to a request for comment on Thursday following those arrests.

His office previously told The Appeal: “Everyone has the right to protest peaceably under both federal and DC laws. However, there are places in DC where the right to protest may be limited, and the right to protest does not protect violence or civil disobedience. When arrests are presented to our office, we evaluate them and make a charging decision based upon the facts and the law in each individual case, as well as the public safety risks to DC residents. As of right now, we are not aware of any arrests in DC related to Gaza protests.”

University of Mary Washington in Fredericksburg, Virginia

Campus police arrested 12 people for trespassing on Apr. 27, according to the university.

Commonwealth’s Attorney Libby K. Humphries did not respond.

Virginia Tech in Blacksburg, Virginia

Campus police arrested 82 people for trespassing on Apr. 28, local news reported.

Commonwealth’s Attorney Mary Pettitt did not respond.

Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond, Virginia

Campus, Richmond, and state police arrested 13 people for unlawful assembly and trespassing on Apr. 29, local news reported.

Police tear-gassed protesters.

Richmond Commonwealth’s Attorney Colette McEachin did not respond.

University of Virginia in Charlottesville, Virginia

Campus police and Virginia State Police arrested 25 people for trespassing on May 4, according to the university.

Commonwealth’s Attorney Joseph Platania did not respond.

University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill, North Carolina

Campus police detained around 36 people on Apr. 30 on charges including trespassing, the university told local media.

Orange County District Attorney Jeff Nieman’s office previously told The Appeal: “We would take each charge on a case-by-case basis, but we would not categorically dismiss charges stemming from protest-related arrests. We have had no such protest-related charges so far.”

North Carolina State University in Raleigh, North Carolina

Police arrested one person on trespassing charges, local news reported.

Wake County District Attorney Lorrin Freeman did not respond.

University of South Carolina in Columbia, South Carolina

Campus police arrested two people on Apr. 23 for breaching the peace, local news reported.

Fifth Judicial Circuit Solicitor Byron Gipson did not respond.

University of Tennessee in Knoxville, Tennessee

Campus police and Knoxville Police Department officers arrested 9 people for trespassing on May 2, according to local news.

Knox County District Attorney General Charme Allen did not respond.

Tulane University and Loyola University in New Orleans, Louisiana

The New Orleans Police Department (NOPD) said it arrested 12 people after clearing an encampment in Jackson Square, local news reported. The charges include trespassing, hate crime on law enforcement, aggravated battery on a police officer, resisting an officer by force or violence, and interfering with a law enforcement investigation, according to an NOPD statement.

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