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Police Agencies’ Responses to Protests on Campus Regarding the Israel-Gaza Conflict

At least 900 protesters have been arrested at pro-Palestinian demonstrations on college campuses in the last 10 days, the largest police response to campus activism in years. Demonstrations ranged from peaceful sit-ins to confrontations with counterprotesters. Some administrators turned to police due to hate and violence, leading to cordial arrests or physical confrontations. The wave of campus arrests began at Columbia University, leading to fresh protests. Political pressure on university presidents was attributed to swift interventions. Policing guidelines for civil disobedience have become outdated due to the changing nature of protests, making them harder to manage. Some universities pushed for arrests, causing clashes and cancelations of events.


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