AOC criticizes ‘horrific’ decision to deploy police at Columbia University protests

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) criticized Columbia University for sending in New York City police to manage pro-Palestinian protesters.

It was a rare defense from a member of Congress of the protesters, who have seen strong bipartisan condemnation in recent days. The New York Democrat denounced the university for sending in the police against the protesters, taking specific issue with the deployment of the New York Police Department’s Strategic Response Group.

Police in Riot gear stand guard as demonstrators chant slogans outside the Columbia University campus, Thursday, April 18, 2024, in New York. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer, File)

“Not only did Columbia make the horrific decision to mobilize NYPD on their own students, but the units called in have some of the most violent reputations on the force,” she said in a post on X. “NYPD had promised the city they wouldn’t deploy
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