L.A. Police move in on pro-Palestinian demonstrators at UCLA

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By Yosi Yahoudai
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Police moved in on a group of pro-Palestinian protesters at the University of California, Los Angeles on Monday night arresting more than a dozen in the process.  

According to reporting from UCLA’s Daily Bruin, erected tents and barricades in Dickson Plaza a little after 3 p.m. 

“Earlier in the day, protesters marched to Murphy Hall carrying fake bloody mummies and body parts while listing the names of Palestinians who have died in the Israel-Hamas war, chanting, ‘We will honor all our martyrs,’” the student outlet reported.  

The day’s protests marked the third pro-Palestinian encampment.  

L.A. police in riot gear armed with non-lethal weapons move in on pro-Palestinian demonstrators at UCLA on June 10, 2024. (KTLA)Pro-Palestinian demonstrators seen on the campus of UCLA on June 10, 2024. (KTLA)Pro-Palestinian demonstrators seen on the campus of UCLA on June 10, 2024. (KTLA)L.A. police in riot gear armed with non-lethal weapons move in on pro-Palestinian demonstrators at UCLA on June 10, 2024. (KTLA)

Authorities dismantled the first encampment on May 2 after a weeklong occupation in Dickson Plaza, a little more than a day after violence broke out between demonstrators and counter-protestors.  

Police in riot gear moved in on a second encampment on the campus on May 23 and quickly dismantled it after declaring the demonstration an “unlawful assembly.” 

In both demonstration, protesters were demanding UCLA divest from interests in Israel to protest the Jewish state’s bloody military offensive in Gaza after the Oct. 7, 2023, Hamas attack on Israeli civilians. 

Dozens of arrests were made at both demonstrations.  

At around 7:30 p.m. this evening, police in riot gear armed with less-than-lethal weapons moved in to block the courtyard behind Dodd Hall, the Daily Bruin posted to X, formerly Twitter.  

University campus police and officers with the California Highway Patrol were also helping L.A. police with demonstrators.   

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Yosi Yahoudai is a founder and the managing partner of J&Y. His practice is comprised primarily of cases involving automobile and motorcycle accidents, but he also represents people in premises liability lawsuits, including suits alleging dangerous conditions of public property, third-party criminal conduct, and intentional torts. He also has expertise in cases involving product defects, dog bites, elder abuse, and sexual assault. He earned his Bachelor of Arts from the University of California and is admitted to practice in all California State Courts, and the United States District Court for the Southern District of California. If you have any questions about this article, you can contact Yosi by clicking here.