A leader of Black Lives Matter-Los Angeles was forcibly taken away from a mayoral debate on Sunday night by campus law enforcement at Cal State Los Angeles.
That leader is Melina Abdullah, who is also a professor at Cal State L.A.
Abdullah told The Los Angeles Times she was taken out of the room by police officers because she did not have a ticket, but her reaction to the removal appeared to suggest that she felt it was unfair for her not to be allowed to attend.
“Debates should be public … especially at a public university,” Abdullah told the outlet via text, saying that students, teachers and the public weren’t permitted inside “a near-empty theater.”
The university released a statement, saying, “One person was removed from the debate, arrested,