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USC Campus Closed as LAPD Removes Pro-Palestinian Protesters: Live Coverage

A pro-Palestinian protest at the University of Southern California grew in size and intensity throughout the day after campus police confronted the crowd. The Los Angeles Police Department ordered the protesters to disperse, leading to some arrests. Some protesters locked arms, while others chanted for detainees to be released. Tensions rose as officers forced protesters to take down their tents. The USC administration cited restrictions on free expression, while the Council on American-Islamic Relations criticized the university’s response. The Jewish Federation Los Angeles called the demonstrations alarming. USC has faced controversy over barring a pro-Palestinian valedictorian from speaking at commencement.


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