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Columbia and City College Protests Result in Almost 300 Arrests as Mayor Points to Efforts to Radicalize Youth.

Columbia University cleared pro-Palestinian protesters from campus with NYPD assistance. Nearly 300 arrests were made at Columbia and City College of New York. Mayor Adams blamed “outside agitators” for escalating the situation. Police stormed Hamilton Hall at Columbia after talks with protesters. Arrested individuals were not affiliated with the university. Evidence of the protesters’ tactics included lock chains and flyers. Columbia President Shafik requested NYPD presence until commencement. Students at Columbia were divided over police intervention. The Council on American-Islamic Relations criticized the decision to involve the police.


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