WOODLAND—The Yolo County District Attorney's office announced Friday they will not seek charges against more than 50 students arrested during a demonstration held last week on the campus of UC Davis.
Protesting student fee increases approved by the University of California Board of Regents, demonstrators staged a "sit-in" at Mrak Hall at UC Davis on November 19th. After several warnings from law enforcement officials, police from a handful of responding agencies removed and arrested 51 students and a UC Davis professor from Mrak Hall.
The incident sparked a second demonstration earlier this week at Mrak Hall in which students demanded university advocate for students arrested during the earlier protest with the hope that charges would be dropped. Students later vacated Mrak Hall after university officials agreed to the demands.
Friday, Yolo County District Attorney Jeff Reisig announced fifty-one individuals, including the one UC Davis protestor, would not face trespassing charges.
Friday evening's announcement did not include charges against student Bree Holmes, who was slammed against a campus police cruiser after allegedly assaulting a law enforcement officer during the November 19th demonstration.
Students from the 10 University of California campuses have staged sit-ins at various campus buildings and picketed on school grounds since the November 19th vote by the UC Board of Regents to raise student fees by more than 30%. Riot police have been called out to protests and building demonstrations on the campuses of UC Davis, UC Los Angeles and UC Berkeley in the past week. Allegations of police brutality at one demonstration on the campus of UC Berkeley led more than 100 staff members to sign a letter urging the school to review the activity of law enforcement officials dispatched for crowd control.