The University of California Regents meeting today was disrupted at the end of the designated public comment period, at around 9:15 a.m., by protesters who staged a raucous “Spring Break beach party” inside the meeting room at UCSF Mission Bay.
After several attempts to continue the meeting, Regent Chairwoman Sherry Lansing halted it and Regents left the room, UC police declared an unlawful assembly and gave the protesters three warnings to leave the room.
Those three dozen or so who remained to the end of the last five-minute warning were cleared from the room without incident by officers. However, in the hallway outside, a scuffle ensued and three UCLA students were arrested at around 9:40 a.m.
Those arrested were Andrew Harkness-Newton, 26; Cheryl Deutsch, 27; and Mathew Sandoval, 32. All three were charged with obstructing an officer and failure to disperse. In addition, Harkness-Newton was charged with battery on a peace officer and Sandoval was charged with the only felony, 405a, the “taking by means of a riot any person from the lawful custody of a peace officer.” Sandoval also was charged with use of violence to prevent an officer from performing his or her duty. Harkness-Newton and Sandoval were among 14 students arrested during a protest at UCLA last November.