The University of California will hire 21st Century Policing Solutions to lead an independent investigation of the actions that led to violence at the encampments on the UC Los Angeles campus last week, as announced in a May 7 press release.

21st Century Policing Solutions (21CP) is a nationally recognized consultant known for expertise in policing reform, content-neutral policing of demonstrations and helping higher education institutions enhance community safety. The group is led by national experts on policing and civil rights, according to the press release

UCLA students organized an encampment on campus beginning on April 25 at 10 a.m. Counter-protesters attacked the encampment on April 30, injuring at least five organizers inside. UCLA officials set up metal barricades around the area in response. On May 5, police officers entered the encampment and cleared the area, resulting in mass arrests of UCLA students.

UC President Michael V. Drake ordered the investigation to “solve unanswered questions” about UCLA’s planning, protocols and mutual aid response, according to the press release. 

“Our campuses must be places where our community members can safely engage in the University of California’s mission of teaching, research, and public service,” Drake said. “This independent review will provide us with more information to shore up our ability to protect our community members and their rights while keeping them safe from harm. The Regents and I look forward to the findings.”

The Nexus will continue to report on this topic as more information becomes available.

A version of this article appeared on p. 4 of the May 9, 2024, print edition of the Daily Nexus.


Alex Levin
Alex Levin (he/him) is the University News Editor for the 2023-24 school year. Previously, Levin was the Assistant News Editor for the 2022-2023 school year. He can be reached at