May 2, 2024 - US college protests (2024)

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1:44 a.m. ET, May 3, 2024

Our live coverage of the protests at colleges across the US has moved here

12:20 a.m. ET, May 3, 2024

At least 30 arrests at Portland State University as scene remains active, police say

From CNN’s Paradise Afshar

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At least 30 people were arrested Thursday at Portland State University, where law enforcement was working to clear a library occupied by protesters, according to authorities.

Arrests were made in a park and at the library, where some people broke back into the building after police left, the Portland PoliceBureau told CNN

PPB said the situation remained “active” as of about 8 p.m. local time.

“The Portland Police Bureau (PPB) is actively collaborating with Portland State University (PSU) to address the illegal activities at the university’s Millar Library," police said.

"After a group of protesters departed from a peaceful First Amendment gathering and unlawfully entered the campus building on Monday, the PPB has been working in partnership with city leaders, other municipal bureaus, the Multnomah County District Attorney's Office, and Portland State University to ensure a safe resolution.”

Police said they were monitoring the library and several groups that have “splintered off into small marches."

12:13 a.m. ET, May 3, 2024

Analysis: Biden cannot afford a boiling summer of protest

From CNN's Stephen Collinson

President Joe Bidencan ill afford a long, hot summer of protest that comes to a boil in time for the Democratic National Convention in August and then bleeds into the final weeks of an already venomous clash withDonald Trump.

After days ofcollege campus demonstrations— triggered by outrage at the civilian carnage from Israel’s war in Gaza — the president’s reticence to throw himself into the politics of a perilous situation finally became unsustainable, resulting inhis first on-camera comments on Thursday.

In a political sense, Biden’s speech was an act of fence sitting.

He needs to avoid further alienating young, progressive voters who are furious about his handling of the Gaza war and could doom his reelection hopes if they don’t show up in November. But he must also ensure that more middle-of-the-road voters aren’t convinced by Trump’s claims the country is on fire and spinning out of control.

Any time a sitting president looks like he’s observing rather than controlling inflammatory events, he’s taking a huge political risk. This is especially the case when a political opponent, in this case Trump, is lambasting him as weak and not up to the job.

Read the full analysis.

11:46 p.m. ET, May 2, 2024

Inside themakeshiftnewsroom that covered Columbia's historic crackdown

Over the past week, student journalists have been working around the clock from a makeshift newsroom inside Columbia University.

Due to the school's strict lockdown, they were the only media allowed on campus on April 30 as police massed outside.

Palestinian journalist Samaa Khullar was one of them.

9:35 p.m. ET, May 2, 2024

Here’s what we know about the arrests at campus protests in New York City on Tuesday night

From CNN’s Shimon Prokupecz,Mark MoralesandCelina Tebor

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Authorities arrested 282 people at Tuesday’s pro-Palestinian protests atColumbia University and The City College of New York, according to the New York Police Department.

Of the 112 people arrested at Columbia, 32 (or 29%) were not affiliated with the university, according to an NYPD official. At The City College of New York, 102 (or 60%) of the 170 people arrested were not affiliated with the college.

At Columbia, dozens of protestersentered the university’s Hamilton Hallon Tuesdayand barricaded themselves inside before the university asked for the NYPD’s assistance.

These individuals could be charged with burglary in the third degree, criminal mischief and trespassing, NYPD Deputy Commissioner Kaz Daughtry said. Protesters in the encampments outside could be charged with trespassing and disorderly conduct, he said.

But on Thursday, a spokesperson for the Manhattan District Attorney's Office said that 46 people arrested inside Hamilton Hall have so far only been charged with one count of trespassing.

Seventy-four people were arraigned Wednesday night and Thursday in connection to the Tuesday events at both schools, the Manhattan DA said. At least six people were arrested on burglary charges related to the protests, according to anotherNYPD official.

Read more about some of the individuals who were arrested.

CNN’s Gloria Pazmino, John Miller and Elizabeth Joseph contributed to this report.

12:22 a.m. ET, May 3, 2024

University of Pennsylvania asks for more police resources

From CNN's Danny Freeman

Eight days after a pro-Palestinian encampment was set up in the center of the University of Pennsylvania, the Ivy League school has written a letter to the Philadelphia Mayor’s Office asking for more police resources, a school spokesperson told CNN on Thursday.

“Protest activity began to escalate overnight and has steadily continued, with large crowds in and around College Green today,” the university said. “We have reached out to the City of Philadelphia to ensure we have the necessary resources to keep our community safe.”

Philadelphia Mayor Cherelle Parker’s office has requested more information from the university, which administrators are working to provide, the spokesperson said.

The university declined to provide a copy of the letter and CNN has sought comment from the mayor's office.

The Philadelphia Police Department has an agreement with the University of Pennsylvania Police Department “to ensure effective cooperation in situations requiring a police presence,” according to Philadelphia Police spokesperson Sgt. Eric Gripp.

Gripp said the department does not publicly share strategies related to ongoing situations.

The last 24 hours at the university have been tense. The universitysaida pro-Palestinian rally at the encampment late Wednesday night “escalated at multiple times” and resulted in “defacement of Penn property, an unauthorized drone, and threatening rhetoric and chants.”

On Thursday, CNN witnessed a minor confrontation between campus police and protesters when protesters jumped barriers and began chanting on and around a statue of Benjamin Franklin on the College Green. The incident did not result in any arrests but the police presence was heightened.

8:07 p.m. ET, May 2, 2024

Masked men, some displaying pro-Israel messages, attacked UCLA protest encampment for hours, video shows

From CNN's Sharif Paget

Several dozen men dressed in black with white masks repeatedly attacked UCLA's pro-Palestinian protest encampment late Tuesday with crude weapons, including poles and incendiaries, according to video provided to CNN byWilliam Gude, who routinely films and shares videos of police conduct in Los Angeles.

Gude told CNN he arrived at the encampment areabefore chaos broke out around 9:15 p.m. local time Tuesday, and says he filmed hours worth of footage, showing what led up to the incident and what followed.

He described the attackers as pro-Israel basedon remarks they made in the video. His footage also shows at least two people with Israeli flags and another wearing a hoodie that reads, "Free our hostages."

In a video shared with CNN, which captured what Gude says isthe first 24 minutes of the incident, individuals dressed in black attempt to force their way into the encampment, as protesters inside used mace to defend themselves.

At times, individuals from each camp engaged in furtive, one-on-one skirmishes in the area between the two groups, thoughGude described what he saw as "asustained attack for three-and-a-half, almost four hours, by one side against the other."

Multiple videos posted online show the attackers punching, kicking and hitting the pro-Palestinian protesters with sticks. Some videos posted on social media show officers at the scene but not engaging with the crowd.

Gude told CNN that about an hour into the attack, the UCLA Police Department arrived on scene. Later, the California Highway Patrol arrived, followed by the Los Angeles Police Department. None of the departments moved in to de-escalate the situation, Gude said, until about three hours later.

The LAPDreferred CNN to UCLA police.CNN has reached out to all three departments and the university regarding the incident.

10:59 p.m. ET, May 2, 2024

NYPD officer fired gun in Columbia University's Hamilton Hall this week, district attorney's office says

From CNN’s Gloria Pazmino and Rob Frehse

An officer with the New York Police Department fired their gun in Hamilton Hall during the police response at Columbia University’s campus Tuesday night, a spokesperson for the Manhattan District Attorney’s Office told CNN.

According to DA spokesperson Doug Cohen, the office is conducting a review of the incident, as it is part of the DA's policy to do so. Cohen said that no students and only police officers were immediately nearby the gunfire incident and that no one was injured.

An NYPD investigation determined the officer accidentally fired his gun while using the attached flashlight to search the first floor of Hamilton Hall, according to a statement from the police department.

"The (Emergency Service Unit) officer has a firearm that is equipped with a flashlight, and he was illuminating the area to find the best way to navigate through the barricaded area. The officer accidentally discharged his firearm causing a single round to be discharged," the NYPD statement read.

The round hit a frame on a wall and no injuries were reported, police said, noting body camera footage of the incident has been given to the DA's office

The NYPD will hold a briefing on the incident at 11:30 a.m. ET Friday morning.

7:32 p.m. ET, May 2, 2024

Second gentleman spoke with Jewish students and Hillel leaders from universities across US, official says

From CNN's Sam Fossum

Second gentleman Doug Emhoff spoke with Jewish students from Columbia University and Barnard College as well as Hillel leaders from Emory and the University of Texas at Austin on Thursday to hear their stories and experiences with antisemitism on college campuses, according to a White House official.

Emhoff, according to the official, listened to the students and leaders and reiterated his commitment to fighting hate speech and countering antisemitism.

Other response from the White House: President Joe Biden attempted to draw a line between peaceful protests and violent demonstrations in remarks earlier on Thursday. It was the first time the president spoke extensively on the protests that are sprouting up on college campuses across the country.

Still, Biden said his support for Israel remains unwavering amid the protests. Many of the protesters have expressed anger at the president’s policies toward Israel.

May 2, 2024 - US college protests (2024)


May 2, 2024 - US college protests? ›

Authorities arrested 282 people at Tuesday's pro-Palestinian protests at Columbia University and The City College of New York, according to the New York Police Department. Of the 112 people arrested at Columbia, 32 (or 29%) were not affiliated with the university, according to an NYPD official.

Why is the USC protesting? ›

USC, a private university, has been the subject of student protests over the war in Gaza as well as the administration's decision to cancel a commencement speech by the valedictorian, a Muslim student who had expressed support for Palestinians.

Why is UCSD protesting? ›

UC San Diego students walked out of classes on Wednesday as part of the ongoing pro-Palestinian protests on campus. Protesters gathered on Sun God Lawn, holding signs and chanting. They have been protesting the Israel-Hamas war and how the university is handling the student demonstrations.

Which university campus had an encampment of pro-Palestinian protesters that sparked a wave of similar encampments at colleges across the US? ›

The fresh wave of student activism against the war in Gaza was sparked by the arrests of at least 108 protesters at Columbia University on April 18, after administrators appeared before Congress and promised a crackdown.

Which American university do you associate with the American protests of the 1960s? ›

In 1968, a series of protests at Columbia University in New York City were one among the various student demonstrations that occurred around the globe in that year.

Why did USC get banned? ›

Background. Probes by both USC and the NCAA found that football star Reggie Bush, the 2005 Heisman Trophy winner, and basketball star O. J. Mayo had effectively forfeited their amateur status (in Mayo's case, before he ever played a game for USC) by accepting gifts from agents.

Why not to attend USC? ›

Price - This is a HUGE factor. Without receiving any sort of financial aid or scholarship, USC is not very affordable for most students and families. USC's cost of attendance is upward of ~$80,000 per year, which is almost three times the cost of attendance for a UC school. USC has too many fees on top of tuition.

Is UCSD a Catholic college? ›

There are many facets to our faith community: As a Catholic university, we welcome and include students from every background and faith tradition, creating a caring community where all can belong and grow in their spirituality. Masses, prayer services, retreats and faith sharing groups are offered year round.

Is UCSD considered prestigious? ›

UC San Diego is considered a Public Ivy. It is classified among "R1: Doctoral Universities – Very high research activity". UC San Diego faculty, researchers, and alumni have won 27 Nobel Prizes as well as 3 Fields Medals, 8 National Medals of Science, 8 MacArthur Fellowships, and 3 Pulitzer Prizes.

Is UCSD a prestigious University? ›

University of California San Diego is ranked #20 in Best Global Universities. Schools are ranked according to their performance across a set of widely accepted indicators of excellence.

What college did the first sit in protesters attend? ›

The sit-ins started on 1 February 1960, when four black students from North Carolina A & T College sat down at a Woolworth lunch counter in downtown Greensboro, North Carolina.

What happened at Columbia University in 1968? ›

Columbia in 1968 represented a major hinge point in student activism. On one hand, a group of Columbia students protested the university's partnership with the Department of Defense. Some university-affiliated researchers and faculty were doing weapons research and had related contracts with the American military.

What was the name of the college based anti war movement of the 1960s? ›

SDS. The best-known national student organization was Students for a Democratic Society (SDS), formed in 1960 by students looking for an alternative to stifling Cold War politics.

Why do USC students say fight on? ›

"Fight On" is the fight song of the University of Southern California. It was composed in 1922 by USC dental student, Milo Sweet, with lyrics by Sweet and Glen Grant, for a student spirit competition.

What did USC get punished for? ›

June 10, 2010: The NCAA rules that USC showed a lack of institutional control -- citing running back Reggie Bush and basketball player O.J. Mayo as having accepted improper gifts and benefits from agents.

What is the USC Insurrection Act? ›

Whoever incites, sets on foot, assists, or engages in any rebellion or insurrection against the authority of the United States or the laws thereof, or gives aid or comfort thereto, shall be fined under this title or imprisoned not more than ten years, or both; and shall be incapable of holding any office under the ...

How religious is USC? ›

Originally operated in affiliation with the Methodist Church, the school mandated from the start that "no student would be denied admission because of race". The university is no longer affiliated with any church, having severed formal ties in 1952.


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