Emory University Arrests: Chair of Philosophy Department, Noelle McAfee, Among Those Detained

Emory University Arrests Include Tasers | What Happened

At Emory University on Thursday, protesters advocating for Palestinian rights and against the proposed establishment of a police training facility were violently arrested.

At about 10:20 a.m., law enforcement personnel from various agencies, such as the Atlanta Police Department, Emory Police Department, and state troopers, utilized zip ties, tasers, and tear gas to demolish an encampment that had been set up on the university’s campus. There were even disturbing videos circulating online about police tasing a demonstrator who was already restrained and forcing students out of tents.

Chair of the Philosophy Department at Emory University, Noelle McAfee, has been detained, and the reason for the arrest is still unconfirmed.

Timeline of Events

  • 10:15 a.m.: A young woman is forcibly removed from Emory University’s Quadrangle while crying.
  • 10:25 a.m.: A young man is arrested and complains about the tightness of his handcuffs.
  • 10:30 a.m.: Law enforcement officers begin dispersing protestors with tear gas, tasers, and zip ties.
  • 11:10 a.m.: University President Gregory Fenves condemns the protest as disruptive and unacceptable.
  • 11:35 a.m.: Atlanta Police Department officers load detained individuals into their prisoner transport vans.
  • 11:37 a.m. and 11:48 a.m.: The vans leave campus with the detained protestors.

Are there any Trespassers?

A university statement said more than 30 protesters trespassed onto Emory University’s campus.

Police Tactics and Protesters’ Response

Despite objections from protestors and onlookers, authorities justified their conduct by stating that they were just responding to demonstrators’ resistance. Additionally, Emory University released a statement claiming that the arrests were directed at non-students because they were trying to disturb campus life.

In addition to supporting Palestinian rights, the demonstrators at Emory were involved in the Stop Cop City movement, which opposes the establishment of a police training center in Atlanta’s Weelaunee Forest.

Reactions and Fallout

  • Campus Community Responses: Faculty, staff, and students express shock, disappointment, and anger at the police response and the university’s handling of the protest.
  • Community Outcry: Organizations like CAIR-Georgia condemn the police’s use of force and demand respect for protestors’ constitutional rights.

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