SAN FRANCISCO — Three UCLA students were arrested Thursday during a confrontation with university police after protesters disrupted a UC regents meeting with a "spring break" demonstration during which some stripped down to bathing suits and tossed inflatable beach balls.
The clash took place as 40 protesters, angry about high tuition, were leaving the UC San Francisco meeting hall after repeated warnings by police to clear the area. Authorities said that one student then pushed a police officer in a corridor and two others interfered with his arrest. Students denied pushing and said UC police overreacted, particularly by piling on to the arrested students and slamming them down on a concrete floor.
The three were identified as Andrew Harkness-Newton, 26; Cheryl Deutsch, 27, and Mathew Sandoval, 32. All were charged with obstructing an officer and failure to disperse. Harkness-Newton and Sandoval were also cited on suspicion of interfering with arrests and were being held in a San Francisco jail, pending bail. Deutsch was released.
No one was seriously injured, according to UC officials, although Deutsch, a graduate student who is a labor union leader, later said she and the others were roughed up.