Harlem college peaceful protest turns chaotic

October 24, 2013 7:40:13 PM PDT
It was supposed to be a peaceful protest on a college campus, but it quickly turned into a chaotic clash with police.

Dozens took part in a sit in at the City College of New York in Harlem on Thursday to protest the closure of the Mrales-Shakur Center.

Some people in the crowds tried to force their way into the building, but security blocked them at the door.

One person was arrested.

City College released a statement saying,

City College statement: " A peaceful student demonstration at City College was interrupted when a nonstudent, using his child as a shield, tried unsuccessfully to bypass public safety officers and enter the Administration Building. Subsequently, the nonstudent along with a group of people rushed across the street to enter the North Academic Building from the Amsterdam Street side. A door was pulled from the hinge, causing the situation to become unsafe. As a result, public safety officers arrested one person for endangering the welfare of a minor, disorderly conduct and resisting arrest, and another person was cited for disorderly conduct. City College continues to respect peaceful protests while maintaining safety."