Thursday, December 09, 2010

Students, others, charged with Disorderly Conduct Outside UCI’s Chancellor’s Office

Posted By CotoBlogzz

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.

John Bruning, 24, Santa Ana, and James Eric Lagergren, 23, Irvine, are both charged with one misdemeanor count each of false imprisonment and obstruction of a public place. Lagergren is also charged with one misdemeanor count of being a public nuisance.

Eric Kitayama, 26, Anaheim Hills, is charged with two misdemeanor counts of trespassing, and one misdemeanor count each of disturbing the peace and refusal to disperse.

The following 16 co-defendants are charged with one misdemeanor count each of trespassing, disturbing the peace, and refusal to disperse:
    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. 

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