SANTA ANA, CA - The Orange County District Attorney's Office (OCDA) filed charges today against 19 students and sympathizers for being disorderly outside the Chancellor's Office and refusing to leave the University of California, Irvine (UCI) campus.
Moosa Matt Azadian, 21, Anaheim
Rachel Denice Burton, 21, Irvine
Juan Antonio Castillo, 48, Santa Ana
Fernando Chirino, 28, Irvine
Ryan Sinclaire Davis, 22, Santa Ana
Saron Ephraim, 22, Tustin
Sandra Flores, 20, Irvine
Dennis Lopez, 32, Irvine
Evangelina Nevarez, 36, Los Angeles
Sylvia Van Pham, 22, Fountain Valley
Celene Perez, 28, Los Angeles
Whitney Lauren Shepard, 22, Irvine
Indar Smith, 22, Irvine
Aida Belaynes Soloman, 21, Irvine
Irendeep Kaur Srai, 22, Irvine
Samiyyah Jowharah Tillman, 22, Irvine
All the defendants are UCI students except Castillo, Nevarez, Perez, and former student Kitayama. If convicted on all counts, they face a sentence ranging from probation to one year in jail. The defendants are scheduled to be arraigned Dec. 29, 2010
According to the OCDA’s office, at approximately 9:30 a.m. on Feb. 24, 2010, 17 defendants except Bruning and Lagergren are accused of trespassing onto the UCI campus, entering the fifth floor of Aldrich Hall, and gathering outside the Office of the Chancellor. The defendants are accused of disorderly conduct involving over 40 people inside and outside the building. They are accused of chanting, yelling slogans from their various protest groups, blowing whistles, and pounding on the walls and floor. They are accused of disrupting approximately 400 UCI employees working in Aldrich Hall, who were evacuated at 11:00 a.m. due to the protests.
While the 17 defendants were inside Aldrich Hall, Bruning and Lagergren are accused of pushing a dumpster against the doors of the west exit outside the building. Lagergren is accused of heaving a dumpster into the middle of Pereira Street, one of the main streets on the UCI campus, and blocking traffic.
At 11:15 a.m., UCI Police read a dispersal order using a portable bullhorn. The 17 defendants inside are accused of refusing to leave, sitting down in a single-file line, continuing to yell, and banging on walls. The UCI Police arrested each defendant. The Irvine Police and Newport Beach Police assisted in dispersing those gathered outside. Bruning and Lagergren were not arrested at the scene.
According to the OCDA’s office, UCI has designated areas to practice free speech in a safe and effective manner without disrupting the normal operations of the University. The UCI Code of Student Conduct places appropriate limitations on where demonstrations may be held without discrimination, and all students are expected to adhere to this Code. In California, entering any land with the intention of interfering with or obstructing lawful business is misdemeanor trespassing.