It’s important to note that Baruch is a City University of New York (CUNY) school and that CUNY has its own police force, the CUNY Public Safety Department. It appears that they, and not the NYPD, were the arresting officers here.
Carlos Pazmino, 21, a City College student who helped organize the protest, said that after students began opening doors to the auditorium where the meeting was taking place, CUNY police officers surrounded the entrances and pushed back, using their batons. When students formed a line to push past, he said, the officers began hitting the students with the batons.
“I saw two people knocked down by cops,” Mr. Pazmino said. “They were arrested, and one guy’s head was bleeding.”