Police arrest 13 during UC tuition hike protest
SAN FRANCISCO — Police arrested 13 protesters during a raucous demonstration outside a University of California Board of Regents meeting at UCSF this morning, including one man who allegedly stole a officer’s baton and assaulted him with it.
The protesters were part of a larger group of student demonstrators rallying against a proposed 8 percent tuition increase for undergraduate students at all UC campuses. They surrounded a UCSF Mission Bay campus building where the UC Regents were meeting to discuss the proposed fee hike.
Police said the protest turned unruly when a University of California police officer was cornered in a UCSF parking garage and had his baton stolen by protesters.
- WATCH: UCPD officer has baton stolen, scuffles with students, draws gun (via KTVU.com)
Footage captured by KTVU-TV showed the officer drawing his gun and aiming it at the group of students after a protester took his baton.
The officer did not appear to be injured, but UCSF Police Chief Pamela Roskowski said three other officers suffered minor injuries during the morning protests. None of the injured officers required hospitalization.
According to police, the arrested protesters included students from UC Berkeley, UC Davis and UC Merced. Officers also used pepper spray against a group of protesters who tried to enter the meeting hall.
The university says it needs to raise tuition to address a continuing budget shortfall due to the state’s failure to fully fund higher education. The regents will vote on whether to approve the 8 percent hike during Thursday’s meeting.
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