Criminal Charges for Trespassing Dropped Against Anti-Israel Brown Students After Palestinian Student Shot in Vermont
“In a statement to 12 News, Brown University explained that it requested the city drop the charges against the students ahead of their scheduled arraignment Tuesday morning.”
This makes zero sense. These two things have absolutely nothing to do with each other.
The criminal charges against 20 Brown students arrested for trespassing on campus earlier this month have been dropped after a Palestinian student was shot in Vermont over the weekend. https://t.co/mmTjhO5lfE
— WPRI 12 (@wpri12) November 27, 2023
WPRI News reports:
Trespassing charges dropped against 20 Brown students
The 20 students arrested for trespassing during a demonstration at Brown University earlier this month are no longer facing criminal charges, 12 News has learned.
In a statement to 12 News, Brown University explained that it requested the city drop the charges against the students ahead of their scheduled arraignment Tuesday morning.
Brown University made the request less than a day after a Palestinian student was shot in Vermont during Thanksgiving break.
The victim, identified as 20-year-old Hisham Awartani, was among three college students injured while visiting his grandmother’s home in Burlington. The suspect, 48-year-old Jason Eaton, has since been apprehended and the shooting is being investigated as a possible hate crime.
“The vicious attack against one of our students over the weekend in Vermont is reverberating across campus,” Brown University wrote. “There is so much confusion, fear and anger being felt right now that we feel this is a time to bring our community together and try to set aside issues that are exacerbating tensions and division on our campus.”
“Dismissing the charges against the students certainly won’t heal the rising tensions on campus from the ongoing violence in the Middle East, or the hurt and fear from Islamophobia, antisemitism and acts of anti-Arab and anti-Palestinian violence,” the statement continued. “But perhaps it can help refocus attention on other issues that are important for the Brown community.”
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