DPD head denies second request to clear pro-Palestinian encampment, creating conundrum for college officials.

The news that Denver’s police chief refused a second request by school officials to clear the pro-Palestinian encampment on the

Auraria Campus raised several questions and appeared to diminish the school administrators’ leverage in their efforts to persuade the protesters to tear down their tents

Police Chief Ron Thomas told a citizens oversight board on Friday that his department has no plans to conduct another sweep of the pro-Palestinian encampment, which has grown significantly since Denver officers assisted Auraria Campus police in dismantling roughly a dozen tents and arresting about 40 protesters last week.

 

Thomas stated that the April 26 sweep’s goal was to remove the tents since they violated college policy and the demonstrators were thus trespassing, but that the Auraria college police simply left them behind

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