Press release: Indiana University Police and Indiana State Police respond to ongoing encampment in Dunn Meadow

The Bloomingtonian obtained the following press release from the Indiana University Police Department on Saturday’s arrests:

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
For more information, please contact:
Public Information Officer Hannah Skibba
(317)-274-1342
[email protected]
Indiana University Police and Indiana State Police respond to ongoing encampment in
Dunn Meadow
Bloomington, Ind. – On April 27, 2024, the Indiana University Police Department in
collaboration with the Indiana State Police responded to the encampment at Dunn Meadow.
After numerous written and verbal communications that free speech and protest are permissible
but the presence of unapproved temporary or permanent structures violates university policy, a
group of individuals erected numerous tents and canopies on Friday night with the stated
intention to occupy the university space indefinitely.
At approximately 12:20 p.m. today, uniformed officers from Indiana University Police
Department and Indiana State Police approached the group in Dunn Meadow and gave a series of
six verbal warnings to remove the structures. At approximately 12:35 p.m. individuals who
refused to remove their structures from university property were detained and removed.
Twenty-three individuals were transported to the Monroe County Justice Center for charges
ranging from criminal trespass to resisting law enforcement. Affiliation with Indiana University
for those arrested has not been confirmed.
The Indiana University Police Department continues to support peaceful protests on campus that
follow university policy.

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