NYPD Storms Columbia’s Hamilton Hall After Pro-Hamas Protesters Illegally Took Control Of Building
NYPD officers in riot gear break into a building at Columbia University, where pro-Palestinian students are barricaded inside a building and have set up an encampment, in New York City on April 30, 2024. Columbia University normally teems with students, but a "Free Palestine" banner now hangs from a building where young protesters have barricaded themselves and the few wandering through campus generally appear tense. Students here were among the first to embrace the pro-Palestinian campus encampment movement, which has spread to a number of universities across the United States.
KENA BETANCUR / AFP via Getty Images

A large number of New York Police Department officers swarmed Columbia University’s campus on Tuesday after the school finally gave the department permission to enter and help regain control after pro-Hamas extremists illegally overtook a building this week.

The police arrived on campus wearing helmets, and carrying zip ties and riot shields. They gathered outside Hamilton Hall around a heavily armored vehicle that had a ladder deployed so that officers could enter the building through an upstairs window.

NBC News reported that law enforcement made dozens of arrests, removed multiple barricades, and nearly cleared the entire building within a short period of time.

There were no reported injuries to police, students or faculty, the report said.

Columbia University President Minouche Shafik said in a letter to the NYPD requesting their assistance that the school believes that outside extremists were responsible for much of what had happened.

“We believe that while the group who broke into the building includes students, it is led by individuals who are not affiliated with the University,” she wrote.

CBS New York reporter Ali Bauman posted on X that New York City Hall sources told the news station that they have evidence that “the wife of a known terrorist is with protestors on Columbia University campus.” The post went viral before Bauman later deleted it.

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