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UCPD makes 1st arrest related to attacks on pro-Palestine encampment at UCLA

A pro-Palestine protester and counter-protester are pictured at the first Palestine solidarity encampment at UCLA. On Thursday, UCPD made its first arrest related to the counter-protester attack on the encampment April 30. (Jeremy Chen/Photo editor)

By Sharla Steinman

May 24, 2024 3:47 p.m.

This post was updated May 29 at 5:43 p.m.

Editor’s note: This article was updated to reflect a change in the court date for the arrested individual. At the time of this article’s publication, the arrested individual was set to appear in court on May 28. He will now appear in court on June 21.

UCPD made its first arrest Thursday in relation to the April 30 counter-protester attack on the first Palestine solidarity encampment at UCLA.

The arrested individual, 18-year-old Edan On, was booked for felony assault with a deadly weapon and bail was set at $30,000, according to a UCPD statement released Friday. He will appear in court June 21. 

“During that violence, one individual was seen on video assaulting encampment occupants with a wooden pole, causing serious injuries to at least one victim,” UCPD said in the statement. “UCLA Police Department detectives conducted an investigation that included interviewing victims, speaking with witnesses, and reviewing security camera footage and publicly available videos from members of the public and the media.”

According to the UCPD statement, On – who is not a UCLA student, faculty or staff member – was arrested Thursday morning in Beverly Hills by UCPD and was taken to the UCPD station. He was then transported to the Los Angeles County Jail. 

UCPD added in the statement that the department is committed to investigating all reported acts of violence and is working to identify other perpetrators of other acts of violence that occurred between April 25 and May 2.

The Office of Campus Safety – which was created following the first encampment’s sweep by police – spearheaded by Associate Vice Chancellor Rick Braziel, has been leading an investigation into the violent attack on the encampment.

Braziel confirmed the arrest in a campuswide email Friday.

“UCPD is committed to investigating all reported acts of violence and is actively working to identify the other perpetrators of violence associated with protest activities,” Braziel said in the email. “As Chancellor Block has shared, those who inflicted violence on our community will be held accountable to the fullest extent of the law.”

The arrest follows the temporary reassignment of former UCPD chief John Thomas – who has been with the department since 2022 – on Monday, as well as Chancellor Gene Block’s testimony and questioning Thursday in front of the House Committee on Education and the Workforce regarding antisemitism and his administration’s response to protests on campus.

Braziel also confirmed in the email that no arrests were made as a result of Thursday’s encampment on Kerckhoff patio and the ensuing Dodd Hall sit-in. Law enforcement had intervened and issued a dispersal order at the patio encampment, after which protesters voluntarily dispersed. Police also issued a dispersal order and cleared the sit-in in Dodd Hall.

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Sharla Steinman | City and Crime Editor
Steinman is the 2023-2024 city and crime editor. She was previously a city and crime contributor. She is also a fourth-year political science student.
Steinman is the 2023-2024 city and crime editor. She was previously a city and crime contributor. She is also a fourth-year political science student.
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