Activists in UC Davis Clash With Police, as Some Attempt to March Onto Highway On-Ramp

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While UC Berkeley protests for the March 4 statewide day of action were nonviolent, clashes with police as well as vandalism to property occurred at other campuses in the UC system.

At UC Davis, police clashed with protesters among a crowd of about 200 people, some of whom attempted to march onto an on-ramp to the Interstate 80, according to campus spokesperson Pat Bailey.

At about 1:00 p.m., about 250 protesters blocked the main UC Davis entrance, according to Bailey.

By 3 p.m., the protesters had marched toward the I-80 entrance ramp, where officers from the California Highway Patrol, UC Davis Police Department and the Davis Police Department blocked the ramp.

Lauren Steussy-the campus editor for The California Aggie, UC Davis' newspaper, who was present at the scene-said about 75 police officers were at the ramp at 3:30 p.m. Bailey said police fired pepper balls at the ground in an attempt to disperse the protesters.

A photo posted by The California Aggie appears to show a law enforcement official using a Taser to subdue a protester. But UC Davis police reportedly did not use Tasers, according to campus spokesperson Andy Fell.

Campus spokesperson Claudia Morain added that up to 120 police officers from other law enforcement agencies-including the Sacramento Police Department, Sacramento County Sheriff's Department and Yolo County Sheriff's Department-responded to the protests.

Morain said that Laura Mitchell, a UC Davis sociology major, was given a citation for failure to obey police orders and attempting to walk onto a freeway, though she was never detained.

Additionally, about 200 protesters rallied at the main entrance to UC Santa Cruz, according to Carol Hernandez, a representative for the protesters and a sophomore sociology major at the campus. Some protesters allegedly shattered a vehicle's windshield near Glenn Coolidge and Hagar drives in the early morning, causing campus officials to send an e-mail to the community warning individuals to stay off campus, according to the campus Web site.

Mollie Bloudoff-Indelicato and

Ariane Lange of The Daily Californian contributed to this report.


Contact Sara Johnson at [email protected]

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