VIDEO: Police arrest Johns Hopkins protesters upset over ICE, school police
- After a month of sit-ins and occupation of a campus building, police arrested protesters at Johns Hopkins University.
- None of the arrested individuals will be prosecuted.
Police in Baltimore arrested at least seven individuals after protesters upset with the school's contract with ICE and private police force took over a Johns Hopkins University building.
Some of the people arrested were students, but others were community members, according to The Daily Caller News Foundation. Sit-ins at JHU's main administration building had occurred for a month beforehand, but protesters obscured security cameras and bound doors shut in May.
Breaking: Police broke down the doors at the Hopkins protest after a month and have arrested about four to six people, prompting others to try to keep the police vans from leaving. pic.twitter.com/DFH0VlwGWU— Colin Campbell (@cmcampbell6) May 8, 2019
The university had to shut down or move financial aid, academic advising, and disability services due to the occupation.
“This is an effort to protect black, brown, queer and all marginalized people who Hopkins is actively endangering,” JHU student Turquoise Baker said, according to The Baltimore Sun.
Two more of the Hopkins protesters were arrested after lying down in front of one of the police vans. pic.twitter.com/swfHxr9Fkb— Colin Campbell (@cmcampbell6) May 8, 2019
"We made open-ended offers to meet and provide amnesty to our students," JHU President Ronald Daniels and Provost Sunil Kumar said in a news release. "We also undertook an intensive effort to communicate with student protesters, directly and through their families, friends, and mentors. While some student protesters were receptive to these overtures, others regrettably were not."
While protesters received charges including impeding vehicle traffic and trespassing, the Baltimore state attorney said that these charges will be dropped, calling them "abated by arrest."
Campus Reform reached out to the College Republicans, as well as the student government, but did not receive comment in time for publication.
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