California Governor Blasts Police Response to UCLA Violence

Los Angeles, CA – California Governor Gavin Newsom’s office sharply criticized the police response to violence erupting on the campus of the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA).

A pro-Israeli group, many masked, attacked a pro-Palestinian student camp late Tuesday night. The governor’s spokesperson called the police intervention “limited and delayed,” deeming it unacceptable.

While hundreds of officers were reportedly on campus, some eyewitnesses and groups involved in the protest claim law enforcement did not act swiftly enough. Governor Newsom himself condemned the violence on social media, emphasizing accountability for those involved.

Clash at a Top University

The overnight clash at UCLA comes amidst a wave of protests ignited by the recent Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Similar demonstrations demanding divestment from companies profiting from the war have occurred at universities across the country.

The situation at UCLA escalated after police in New York City cleared a pro-Palestinian occupation at Columbia University. On Wednesday, arrests of student protestors were reported at both the University of Texas at Dallas and Fordham University.

Violence Erupts, Questions Remain

Footage online shows a large pro-Israeli group arriving at the UCLA encampment late Tuesday, attempting to dismantle barriers. A tense standoff ensued, with some protestors resorting to goggles, helmets, and makeshift defenses.

Several media personnel, including reporters from the UCLA student newspaper, claim to have been assaulted during the clashes.

University officials condemned the violence and declared the pro-Palestinian encampment illegal. By Wednesday morning, a heavy security presence surrounded the remaining protestors.

Unanswered Questions and Mounting Tensions

The extent of student involvement among the pro-Israeli group remains unclear. The Los Angeles chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations blames “extremists” for the violence, while the Jewish Federation Los Angeles points to a university environment fostering a sense of insecurity.

Governor Newsom’s criticism of the police response adds fuel to the fire of ongoing tensions as pro-Palestinian protests continue to spread across the United States.

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