Charges dropped against University of Arizona students for incident with border patrol agents

Charges dropped against University of Arizona students for incident with border patrol agents
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TUCSON, AZ (KOLD News 13) - Charges have been dropped against the three University of Arizona students at the center of an incident involving Border Patrol agents.

On Friday, April 19, the Pima County Attorney’s Office filed motion to dismiss the charges.

The students, however, are not yet off the hook. The school is still investigating and the students could face disciplinary actions for causing a disturbance when they confronted the agents March 19.

“The University has a range of available administrative consequences through which it might hold the students accountable if, following the administrative investigation and hearing, they are found to have committed code of conduct offenses,” the Pima County Attorney’s Office said in an email to KOLD News 13. “Such consequences include those available through the University of Arizona’s diversion program.”

The federal agents were on campus to speak to criminal justice students during a career day event.

A student interrupted the event and recorded videos of the encounter. The clips show she followed the agents out of the classroom and to their car while she and others chanted “murder patrol.”

The student can be heard comparing Border Patrol agents to the KKK.

“They allow murders on campus, where I pay to be,” she said. “This is supposed to be a safe space for students, but they allow an extension of the KKK into campus.”

Videos of the incident quickly made their rounds on social media. KOLD News 13 reached out to the student who filmed the encounter, but she did not give us permission to use them. Other social media users, like the Lone Conservative, have posted copies of the video. You can see them HERE.

On Tuesday, April 23, University of Arizona President, Dr. Robert Robbins, will host a meeting about free speech, safety and the presence of border patrol agents on campus. The campus conversation forum will be held in the Student Union Grand Ballroom from 9 to 11 a.m.

All students and faculty are invited to attend. School officials said Arizona Public Media journalist, Nancy Montoya, will moderate the conversation.

For those who can’t make it, the event will be streamed on the school’s website.

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