Students Confront Police At I-80 On Ramp Over Fee Increases

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Across the state today, students, staff, and faculty members protested huge cuts to public education and fee increases to students.  The situation in Davis threatened briefly to explode as over 100 students marched to an i-80 onramp and threatened to block freeway traffic.

They were halted by hundreds of law enforcement officers in riot geer.  At one point, pellet guns were fired and batons used in an effort to stop the students.

One student, Laura Mitchell was arrested by police.  The standoff continued until students negotiated the release of Ms. Mitchell with a citation, at which point the crowd turned around and marched back to campus.

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Police had apparently assured the protesters that Ms. Mitchell would be released if they turned around.

They marched to a locked down Mrak Hall and then eventually threw Shields library.  Someone pulled a fire alarm and people were escorted out and the library was locked down.

At time of this publication, several hundred are sitting in the intersection between Anderson and Russell.

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The Vanguard will have more information as it becomes available.

—David M. Greenwald reporting

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David Greenwald is the founder, editor, and executive director of the Davis Vanguard. He founded the Vanguard in 2006. David Greenwald moved to Davis in 1996 to attend Graduate School at UC Davis in Political Science. He lives in South Davis with his wife Cecilia Escamilla Greenwald and three children.

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4 Comments

  1. Gunrock

    Gawd but this is silly…

    Take your pick- you can either pay higher fees or you can go back and beat-up the janitors you protested for last year who wanted higher pay, and the teachers unions that wanted higher pay etc. and while you are at it you can freak-out about the fortune being spent on the prison unions (who subsidize the democratic party) and the fortune going to the other public employee unions…. eventually it will get sorted out- the students can just take protest unions until sanity prevails.

    In the end, you can’t get more taxes out of the system, it is a zero sum game- so who are you going to support? Unions or Students? Can’t have it both ways.

    For me its simple, public employee unions need to be outlawed.

  2. Greg Kuperberg

    [i]while you are at it you can freak-out about the fortune being spent on the prison unions[/i]

    If you “freaked out” about the prison guard union (the CCPOA), you’d be completely correct. It’s the most parasitic union in the state. Unlike the city’s position in labor negotations, the state doesn’t really compete with other states to hire prison guards.

  3. rusty49

    Gunrock, you hit the nail on the head. Why don’t they go protest the Democrat run California Congress and get them to be more responsible and quit wasting taxpayer money.

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