Did the LAPD Break a 73-Year-Old Professor's Arm at Thursday's Education Protest?
When a group of Cal State Northridge students and professors clashed with police on Reseda Boulevard during education protests Thursday evening, 73-year-old Native American studies professor Karren Baird-Olson was pushed to the ground, leaving her with a broken arm and other injuries. A YouTube video has surfaced showing parts of the incident. The person who posted the video said Baird-Olson was "brutally attacked" by the LAPD, specifically an officer with the last name Vollmer. The video also appears to show California Highway Patrol officers assisting the LAPD.
In the video, Baird-Olson is seen standing with students in the street. When interaction between police and protestors intensified, an officer apparently put his hand over the video camera, but screams can be heard in the audio. Afterwards, Baird-Olson is seen laying on the ground and someone is heard calling for an ambulance.
She was then taken into custody, reported the Daily Sundial. Students on Friday held a press conference about the violence and demanded that Baird-Olson not be charged and that her medical fees be paid.