DC Police Refuse George Washington University Request to Arrest Students

ANGLO AMERICA, 29 Apr 2024

Joe Lauria | Consortium News - TRANSCEND Media Service

Students in fiery protest at GWU on Thu 25 Apr 2024.  (Joe Lauria)

The Washington, D.C. police turned down a request by GWU president to clear out the anti-genocide encampment on campus.

27 Apr 2024 – From the university’s perspective, it seemed like the perfect time for the police to move in and break up the students’ anti-genocide camp:  3 a.m.

George Washington University had given the students until 7 p.m. on Thursday night to clear out. Instead more than a thousand students from other area universities and other supporters flooded the university yard, forming a circle around around the camp.

As the time advanced beyond midnight the crowd dwindled, leaving the encampment less protected.  It seemed logical that under the cover of darkness, with fewer media also present, the police would intervene, as they have on a growing number of campuses around the United States.

And that’s what the GWU president wanted.  But the Washington mayor and the police brass refused, according to The Washington Post. 

“D.C. police rejected pleas from George Washington University officials to clear pro-Palestinian demonstrators out of an on-campus encampment early Friday morning, saying they worried about the optics of moving against a small number of peaceful protesters, according to two officials familiar with the talks,” the Post reported.

The newspaper said:

“Officers had assembled around 3 a.m. and were prepared to enter the encampment, but senior leaders in the police chief’s and mayor’s office ordered them to stand down, the officials said. The demonstrators were small in number and largely peaceful, and the city officials told their university counterparts they wanted to avoid images of violent altercations between police and protesters flashing across TV screens across the country. The George Washington campus is just west of downtown Washington, five blocks from the White House.” 

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