Manhattan DA drops charges against Columbia anti-Israel protesters

by ian

Manhattan DA Alvin Bragg dismissed charges yesterday against 30 Columbia students and staff members who took part in April’s anti-Israel protests.

Prosecutors say there was “insufficient evidence” to prove individual defendants damaged property or injured anyone during the Hamilton Hall takeover. The protestors covered surveillance cameras and wore masks at the time. Critics responded, saying the decision did nothing to discourage protestors from similar actions in the future.

The office is now deciding if it will prosecute misdemeanor trespassing charges against another group of 13 defendants, 11 of whom are not affiliated with the school. They are due in court next month.