Additional links:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZGPKDY-RIHY&feature=youtu.be – the cops strike

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Czi4Htwti44 – @ 3:53


http://abclocal.go.com/wabc/story?section=news%2Flocal%2Fnew_york&id=8440696 – ABC 7 News, probably best

http://www.youtube.com/user/MichaelGouldWartofsk#p/u/5/nkBGMULZKxY – Series of videos

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=41hyFRrIQ-U – overhead shot of arrest

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=coYR0Og6bbo&feature=player_embedded#! – aftermath

The Board of Trustee’s excuse:
“While a public hearing was being conducted by the CUNY Board of Trustees at Baruch College, at which more than 95 speakers had signed up to present their views, a group of protesters entered the first-floor lobby. Because the hearing room was filled to capacity, some of the protesters were directed to an overflow room equipped with the live video of the ongoing hearing. Some of the protesters refused to proceed to the overflow room and instead surged forward toward the college’s identification turnstiles, where they were met by CUNY Public Safety officers and Baruch College officials. The protesters were asked twice to exit the lobby or return to the overflow room. They refused, creating a public safety hazard. In order to ensure that public safety and access to the building was maintained for students who were attending classes this evening, the CUNY Public Safety officers secured the space and removed the protesters. One Public Safety officer was transported to a hospital for chest pains and two others received minor injuries. Fifteen protesters were arrested and processed by CUNY Public Safety officers. Throughout this time, the public hearing as well as the college’s classes and other business functions continued.” Retrieved from: http://www1.cuny.edu/mu/forum/2011/11/21/statement-from-the-city-university-of-new-york-2/


Statement Condemning Police Violence at CUNY Board of Trustees Public Hearing

Posted on November 22, 2011 by 


PRESS RELEASE: Board of Trustees Public and Budget Hearing, Baruch College, CUNY
#occupyCUNY[1], November 21, 2011

WE CONDEMN the use of police violence against CUNY community members who were protesting peacefully at the public Board of Trustees Public and Budget Hearing at Baruch College on November 21, 2011. We also reject the official statement[2] released by the administration of the City University of New York regarding those events.

STUDENTS, FACULTY, AND STAFF peacefully entered the Baruch lobby to attend the public meeting of the Board of Trustees and were immediately met by a line of police carrying large wooden truncheons and blocking access to the building. Students who were on the official roster of speakers were also denied access. At no time did the students, faculty, and staff attempt to push past the massed police officers, nor to confront them physically in any way. The police directed us to the first-floor overflow room where the meeting would be televised live. Knowing that our voices would not be heard in the broadcast room, we decided that we would hold an assembly in the lobby and allow people to tell their stories and testimonies of experiences as students at CUNY. Most of us sat down on the ground so that speakers could stand and be heard.

THE POLICE ATTACKED US shortly after we sat down and began pushing us toward the wall, responding to our peaceful, lawful protest with physical confrontation. The suggestion provided in the CUNY administration’s statement that anyone “surged forward toward the college’s identification turnstiles, where they were met by CUNY Public Safety officers and Baruch College officials” is a categorical lie, and this is documented in video footage of the events (see below). As the officers continued to push us away from the public meeting, they blocked all exits from the lobby but a single, revolving door, through which we were forced to walk one at a time. Many of the peaceful protesters were shoved violently by the campus police, jabbed and struck in their ribs with wooden truncheons, and left badly bruised. At least one student was struck in the face. It was a miracle that no one was more seriously injured. Those who refused to leave were told that they would be arrested; when one person identified himself to officers as a CUNY faculty member and asked on what charge he would be arrested, he was not given an answer. Another officer blurted, “Because it’s a riot!”

WE DEPLORE THE USE OF VIOLENCE against peaceful protesters. We deplore the criminal charges made against peaceful protesters exercising their Constitutional rights of free speech and peaceful assembly. We also deplore the CUNY administration’s misrepresentation of the events at Baruch, devised to obscure its complicity in violent action against its own students, faculty, staff, and community.


Video footage of the event can be viewed at the following links:

Retrieved from: http://studentweekofaction.wordpress.com/2011/11/22/press-release-bot-public-hearing/?mid=5355038

23 thoughts on “100 CUNY Students Attacked by NYPD at the Public Board of Trustee Hearing at Baruch

  1. I’m so disgusted (but not surprised) at this reaction. I am saddened I had to miss this one, I wanted to stand with all of you against this injustice. Just remember, if they weren’t afraid this wouldn’t happen. We gotta be patient, this city is ours!

  2. My question is why isnt any of this reported to the press or even making the news? Twice there were incidents of attacks on CUNY grounds.. it makes no sense! In fact yesterdays General Assembly didnt make PRESS AT ALL!!

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  4. Shame on CUNY, my alma mater. CUNY has now revealed its true colors and declared suit on this 1st Amendment issue we have been faced with as a nation this fall. CUNY is an embarrassment to the City of New York and to public education as a whole. Don’t expect any alumni alms from this alumni next time you come begging in my mailbox. Shame. Shame. Shame!!!

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  6. and let the attacks by (delusional) party line conservative’s begin….they wont click a single one of the video links by the way, they already know what happened because their fox news told them

  7. I love the fact that citizen journalism is fulfilling its role to document and make available the TRUTH about what goes on during events such as this. It further brings out the absurdity of the attempted disinformation attempts by the opposition when documented footage shows nothing like what they put in their “news” reports. Keep it up. The world must know the truth. Solidarity and support from Indiana. Occupy the World!!!!!!

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  9. There are times when it is necessary to fight against things that have become so wrong that they should no longer be. Things that were once small that have become big, but are no less wrong, must be made small again; a revolution, or a complete circle, is needed. Whether you want freedom from another country , or you want to overthrow an oppressive government, every fight is the same. A revolution (from the Latin revolutio, “a turnaround”) is a significant change that usually occurs in a short period of time. Revolutions have happened throughout human history and vary widely in terms of methods, duration, motivating ideology, and the number of participating revolutionaries. Their results include major changes in culture, economy, and socio-political institutions. this is our time we will take
    are country back from tyranny .this is also a wold wild call this has never happen b4 this movement has the power to be the biggest change in the history of humankind as long as we never stop we can never be undermined or defeated.. the banner of the 99% has global inclusion !

  10. I feel the actions of the CUNY “public safety officers” is deplorable. You had the right to peacefully protest and speak your minds. However, please remember this is a non-violent movement and even when you are attacked by idiotic cogs of the machine (CUNY/NYPD) please please stay peaceful and non-violent. I saw several students throw things at the police and the group as a whole did push back. That is not non-violent protesting. Please take note of the UC-Davis students who were aggresively and disgustingly attacked and yet none of them laid a hand on their attackers. Physically fighting back only undermines our movement and lowers us to their level. We are better than that – we are the 99%! Solidarity! <3

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  12. I called the Chancellor Goldstein they were arrogant. And, I called another office at Cuny/Baruch & it sounds like the staff thinks they are justified the NYPD. Anyway. Everyone call:
    212.794.5311 Chancellor Goldstein
    212.794.5450 Board of Trustees
    and email … chancellor@cuny.edu The administration has no idea they did anything wrong. FLOOD them with CALLS & Email. thanks

  13. PLEASE SIGN THE PETITION to have the Chancellor RESIGN.
    The Chancellor & Board of Trustees think they were Right.
    Make sure you let them Know they were Wrong.

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