Tuesday, November 21

Student arrested after fight regarding USAC election results


This post was updated on May 11 at 10 p.m.

A student was arrested in the Student Activities Center at UCLA late Friday afternoon, after an altercation between supporters of the LET’S ACT! and FIRED UP! slates following the release of the undergraduate student government election results.

University police responded to a call about 6 p.m. Friday regarding a verbal argument that became physical, said UCPD spokeswoman Nancy Greenstein in an email.

Rocio Trujillo, 26, was arrested on charges of assault and battery in connection with the incident, Greenstein said. Trujillo, a geography/environmental studies student, is the internal chair of the UCLA Community Programs Office Student Association and a supporter of the FIRED UP! slate.

Four out of 10 LET’S ACT! candidates were elected during Friday’s undergraduate student government election, including the president. All FIRED UP! candidates lost by a large margin. Members of the new slate originally planned to run candidates with LET’S ACT! but decided to form their own slate instead because they felt that LET’S ACT! members did not accurately represent certain student groups during their candidate selection.

A supporter of LET’S ACT!, who asked to remain anonymous, said she was assaulted during the altercation. She said she was talking to a FIRED UP! supporter about how she was concerned that the new slate pulled votes away from LET’S ACT! candidates.

As she was walking away, she felt someone hit her in the head from behind.

Trujillo allegedly ran at the student, punching her in the back of the head, according to another LET’S ACT! supporter who witnessed the incident and asked to remain anonymous. He then stepped in and tried to prevent the situation from escalating, but Trujillo allegedly continued trying to fight, so he asked that the police be called, he said.

Trujillo could not be reached for comment.

“Whatever happened in the (Student Activities Center) was very unfortunate and I think that people were taking things very far,” said a member of the FIRED UP! slate, who asked to remain anonymous. “I think that everyone’s emotions was very high after the elections.”

Trujillo was released late Friday night and is set to appear in the LAX Municipal Court on July 8.

Compiled by Jillian Beck and Erin Donnelly, Bruin senior staff.

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  • not a racist

    Lol minority slate…. go figure.

    • Seth Greene

      Dude. That’s still pretty racist.

      • not a racist

        Sure…. truth can be racist.

  • Max

    This is like high schoolers fighting over ASB. Or middle schoolers over who gets to be class president.

  • Jaimeson

    DB- is there any information from UCPD or other sources regarding how the fight broke out? I was walking past, heard a commotion inside, and entered the CPO to see folks on both sides being held back by friends. Everyone I spoke to in the CPO said that a main campaign manager for Fired Up! suckerpunched an LA! supporter.

    • meh

      I heard that before that, a bunch of LA! people stormed into CPO looking for the main people from Fired Up!

      • disqus_lfDA1M5Ceu

        I heard they walked in after the LA! girl got hit. But no one else was trynna fight

      • really?

        literally hearsay. lol nice

  • The_Herman_Cains

    people of color and all marginalized communities deserve better than this. we shouldn’t be divided, it just benefits those at the top. #wtf

  • James

    It’s unfortunate that things such as student elections cause this much drama. At the end of the day, we are still a Bruin Family.