Tear Gas Chaos: Police Clash with Protesters at University of Arizona Tucson

Police used tear gas to disperse protesters at the University of Arizona Tucson campus early Friday morning after they refused to leave their encampment, according to numerous reports.

Tear Gas Chaos: Police Clash with Protesters at University of Arizona Tucson
10 May 2024, 01:01 PM
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The school reported that a structure constructed from wooden pallets and other debris was erected on campus grounds after 5 p.m. in violation of the policy. Despite warnings from university officials to remove the encampment and disperse, the directives were disregarded. The school's president, Robert C. Robbins, had implemented "a zero-tolerance approach to enforcing its campus."

As per the statement, police vehicles were targeted with spikes, and rocks and water bottles were hurled at officers and university staff. The statement further warned that "Those who have violated the law are subject to arrest and prosecution."

CBS Tucson affiliate KOLD-TV confirmed the incidents of bottle throwing.

The Arizona Daily Star shared a video capturing the events:

Following a demonstration at the campus, protesters eventually relocated to the opposite side of the street where law enforcement authorities deployed gas. Subsequently, the protesters dispersed from the vicinity.

The educational institution stated that the utilization of police force was necessary "to guarantee the safety of ... attendees" at the upcoming commencement ceremony set for Friday evening.