NYPD cops clear out occupied Columbia University building, several pro-Palestine protesters arrested 

Columbia University protest
Protesters demonstrate outside the Columbia University campus in New York City. Photo Courtesy:  UN Photo/Evan Schneider

New York Police Department cops stormed into Columbia University’s campus on Tuesday (April 30, 2024) and ousted the pro-Palestine protesters who were taking control of an academic building amid the ongoing anti-Israel protest on the campus.

The cops cleared out the group that barged into Hamilton Hall early Tuesday morning in a drastic escalation of the protest at the Ivy League school, police sources told The New York Post.

Police reportedly made multiple arrests and loaded the demonstrators in three NYPD buses.

During the period, multiple pro-Palestine demonstrators were seen shouting slogans.

The officers also stationed themselves in front of off-campus housing and were greeted with hostile shouts of “NYPD, KKK, IOF! They’re all the same!;, reported The New York Post.

After the police entered the campus, university authorities issued a statement and said it “regretted” having to rely on police to clear the mess.

“After the University learned overnight that Hamilton Hall had been occupied, vandalized and blockaded, we were left with no choice. Columbia public safety personnel were forced out of the building, and a member of our facilities team was threatened. We will not risk the safety of our community or the potential for further escalation,” the administration was quoted as saying by The New York Post.

“The decision to reach out to the NYPD was in response to the actions of the protesters, not the cause they are championing,” officials continued.

“We have made it clear that the life of campus cannot be endlessly interrupted by protesters who violate the rules and the law,” the statement said.

Those arrested inside Hamilton Hall would be charged with third-degree burglary, criminal mischief and trespassing, police officials was quoted as saying by the newspaper.

Others arrested at the South Lawn’s encampment would face charges of trespassing and disorderly conduct.

The action at Columbia University took place amid large-scale anti-Israel protests taking place across several US universities.