BALTIMORE (WJZ) — A 37-day student sit-in ended with seven arrests on the Johns Hopkins University campus Wednesday.

The school asked the police for help, regaining its administration building after a spokesperson said the ongoing sit-in created safety issues.

The protestors reportedly declined the school’s offer for amnesty in exchange for their immediate exit.

“When that demonstration turns dangerous, or creates dangerous situations, we have an obligation as a university to act. And, that’s what happened. We’re talking about doors being chained in buildings, and completely sealed,” said Jarron Jackson with Johns Hopkins University.

In front of the barricades, holding a crowd of chanting students and onlookers, firefighters attempted to forcibly open the doors of Garland Hall early Wednesday morning.

They finally sawed through the gates holding the front entrance shut- allowing officers to enter and arrest five protestors inside and two others outside who laid down in front of police vans.

Chip Molter agreed to leave on hi sown.

“I agreed to the amnesty, and the last step I felt I could do a better job telling about what I witnessed in there than go to jail,” Molter said.

This is the latest clash in the more than year-long battle between some JHU students and their school.

The activists do not want an armed police force on campus, and do want the University to cut ties with federal immigration authorities.

“This is the moral thing to do for Baltimore and for Hopkins. They’re not listening, so of course we had to escalate,” said Rasha Anayah, a JHU student.

Some of the protestors called into question the number of officers brought in to make Wednesday’s arrests.

“In this instance, we gave the students a number of warnings. We gave the students full opportunity to withdraw without charge. We were very sensitive and respectful of the students,” said City Solicitor Andre Davis.

A university spokesperson released a statement that said:

“On May 1, a group of protesters at Johns Hopkins, including both students and outside activists, significantly escalated an ongoing month-long protest by forcing the evacuation of students and staff from Garland Hall, the university’s main administration building, and chaining shut all exterior doors.”

The statement continued on to say that while “the university has gone to great lengths to support protest and free expression on campus,” the protest had become “a major safety risk and severely disrupted university services.”

Comments (7)
  1. Johns Hopkins has followed the lead of Loyola and the University of Arizona in arresting students who were conducted illegal protests by engaging in criminal trespass.

    This morning police arrested students who occupied and then locked down Hopkins’ main administration building because they objected to the creation of a university police force to deter crime on and near the campus in this crime-ridden city.

    The university’s president described the students’ criminal activities as a “forcible occupation” and a violation of criminal law, but offered amnesty to those who left the building before arrests were made.

    Banzhaf says that higher education may finally be getting smart, and doing what it should have begun doing a long time ago to deter the illegal conduct by a tiny number of students which infringes on the free speech and other rights of students and faculty.

    At Loyola, students who deliberately blocked an entrance were arrested and charged with disorderly conduct.

    Recently, the University of Arizona said that it planned to charge two students with creating a disturbance to protest the presence of Border Patrol agents on campus. Its president accused the students of infringing on “free speech” rights.

    Arrests were also recently made at Washington University.

    However, because the threat of arrests and often token fines too often does not deter students from engaging in criminal conduct to pressure universities to agree to their demands, law professor John Banzhaf has also suggested that victims consider civil actions for damages against the criminals, especially those who organize their actions.

    He notes that leaders of illegal demonstrations can now be sued for damages, pointing out that a federal appeals court has ruled that a Black Lives Matter organizer who led his followers to block a highway as part of an illegal protest can be sued by persons injured as a result; a decision likely to prompt civil law suits against others who help organize illegal demonstrations.

    He recently wrote that “this decision could open the door for people who suffer as a result of illegal demonstrations – including blockages of streets or bridges, sit ins or other occupations of buildings or businesses, etc. – to sue the leaders, often easily identified through social media, even if they cannot sue the individual protesters who caused the harm or the organization behind it.”

    PUBLIC INTEREST LAW PROFESSOR JOHN BANZHAF

  2. Another free pass for law breaker courtesy of our states attorney! Must be nice to be exempt from the law… Why this city is overrun with roaming armed hoodrats and drug lords fighting over turf and drugs! I thought laws apply to EVERYONE guess not !! Why is she allowed to collect a pay check she sure is NOT doing her job! The law breakers will be back again and you can thank our useless states attorney!

  3. BTW hand them a bill for the use of today’s resources! OH that’s right you want to stick it to the honest LAW ABIDING citizens instead!!! Our corrupt city govt makes me want to PUKE!!

  4. With Marilyn Mosby as the prosecutor, the only question from the beginning was whether the arresting officers would end up facing charges for kidnapping and assault.

  5. Andrew McClain says:

    This is just stupid. Having law enforcers is a good thing. I guess the two school shooting this week was not enough to make it obvious that our freedoms endanger us, but remains our right. So, we need to rely on the good people in uniform.

  6. Bucky Barkingham says:

    There is nothing in the article above about the City not prosecuting the protesters. Nice headline.

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