Charges dropped against Arizona students who protested border patrol
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Charges against a group of University of Arizona students who protested an event featuring U.S. Border Patrol agents have been formally dropped. 

Amelia Cramer, chief deputy for the Pima County Attorney’s Office, said that the case was dismissed Friday after prosecutors learned that the university would conduct an administration probe into the demonstration, according to The Associated Press. 

Cramer added that the students involved in the protest could face punishments if the university finds they violated its code of conduct. She also noted that the charges had been initially leveled by the University of Arizona Police Department.  


“The university is moving forward with the dean of students’ process review of the incident per our policies,” University spokesman Chris Sigurdson said in a statement, according to the AP. 

The University of Arizona announced last month that two students would be charged with misdemeanors for their demonstration against Border Patrol agents at a March 19 campus event for the student law-enforcement club. 

The university, responding to a video of the protest, said that the students would be charged with interfering with the peaceful conduct of an educational institution. The AP noted that a third student was later charged. 

The students involved in the protest repeatedly referred to the agents at "murder patrol," according to video posted online. 

“This is supposed to be a safe space for students, but they allow an extension of the KKK into campus,” said one student in the video. 

Supporters of the three students–Denisse Moreno Melchor, Mariel Alexandra Bustamante and Marianna Ariel Coles-Curtis–denounced the university's response to the protest. The AP noted that an online campaign called for the case to be dropped. 

People had also planned to hold a demonstration outside the Pima County Consolidated Justice Court on Monday before the charges were dropped. 

A group of more than 70 University of Arizona professors also called for the university to drop the charges, writing in a letter to university president Robert Robbins that the school should focus on ensuring the safety of its students and faculty.