UCLA Investigates Violent Attack on Pro-Palestinian Encampment as Confrontations Continue Nationwide

Los Angeles, California – Authorities are investigating the violent attack on a pro-Palestinian encampment at Royce Quad at UCLA. Chancellor Gene Block described the incident as “a truly despicable act” in a notice sent to the UCLA community. The perpetrators of the violence remain a top priority for law enforcement officials.

An inaugural Associate Vice Chancellor and Chief Safety Officer, Rick Braziel, is leading the investigation to identify those responsible for the violent attack. The LAPD has committed a detective to assist, and the FBI is also being contacted for possible assistance. Los Angeles County District Attorney George Gascón has been approached for support in ensuring that the instigators face prosecution to the fullest extent of the law.

A group of instigators violently attacked students, faculty, and staff members advocating for Palestinian rights outside Royce Hall. In response to these events, a new Office of Campus Safety has been established under Chancellor Block’s direction and led by Braziel. The office is reviewing the UC Police Department’s response to the attack and assessing UCLA’s security protocols.

The campus police department is reviewing available footage and speaking to witnesses to gather information about the attack. In the wake of the incident, a plan will be developed to enhance campus safety operations and better protect students, staff, and visitors on campus.

Students at UCLA have expressed feelings of unease amid the tense atmosphere on campus following the attack. With graduation approaching, the typically festive energy has been overshadowed by stress and anger due to recent events.

Similar confrontations have been reported at universities nationwide, with tensions escalating in standoffs with demonstrators at other college campuses in the U.S. and Europe. The Israel-Hamas war has sparked protests and encampments on campuses, prompting a range of responses from university administrations ranging from appeasement to threats of disciplinary action.

The situation is fluid, with universities navigating how to address the protests and ensure the safety of their communities. Efforts to resolve the standoffs and allow for commencements continue amidst the ongoing conflict in Gaza that has claimed thousands of lives, the majority of whom are women and children.

As authorities work to hold those responsible for the violence at UCLA accountable, the campus community remains on edge, seeking reassurance that steps are being taken to ensure their safety and well-being.