University officials told KSAT that campus security officers as well as the San Marcos Police Department arrested the students following an incident near the Quad. The student-run University Star newspaper reported that the Texas Nomads, a group not affiliated with the university, had planned to march on campus.
A Facebook page for the Texas Nomads states that the group believes "our veterans and warriors should come before refugees and illegal criminals."
The potential demonstration, as well as an expectation of counter-protests, caused university officials to order an increase in campus security. Reports indicate that the four arrested students were speaking out against the Texas Nomads.
UPD + local law enforcement are on the scene of an incident on the San Marcos Campus Quad - 4 students have been arrested. This incident involves only students, no identified outside groups involved. We will continue to monitor, at this time there is no immediate threat to campus— Texas State (@txst) May 1, 2019
Crowd develops outside UPD station after witnesses report a girl was taken into UPD after she allegedly took a MAGA hat from a male student. pic.twitter.com/3NF0ZngXmD— Camelia Juarez (@CameliaJuarez) May 1, 2019
Another student has been taken inside UPD after a scuffle occured and began yelling in the cops face. Police presence has increased since the scuffle. pic.twitter.com/Q71fTYfEYJ— Camelia Juarez (@CameliaJuarez) May 1, 2019
Other posts suggested that the arrested students were singled out.
For context: students were gathering in front of UPD after they arrested three students who got into an altercation with a white supremacist. The white supremacist was able to walk away without being arrested.— Ben Salinas (@thirdben) May 1, 2019
I was in the police station with the two students. doing as much as the second arrested. Nothing was done to me ¯\_(ツ)_/¯ give my avi a click n figure out why https://t.co/U3swjmwfYI— may🌵 (@yungfollowill) May 1, 2019
They're continuing to arrest people of color ONLY and letting the yts go entirely.— may🌵 (@yungfollowill) May 1, 2019
Here's the video, #txst. We both went in to accompany someone who was arrested. They told us we couldn't follow them and we didn't immediately leave the lobby. They said her crime was "resisting arrest," but wouldn't that require a preceding crime..? pic.twitter.com/dic4Qn324R— may🌵 (@yungfollowill) May 1, 2019
According to a university official, the arrested students include Tyvonte Davis-Williams, Nazarene Freeman, Claudia Gasponi and Alejandra Navarrete. Davis-Williams faces a charge of disorderly conduct-language while Freeman is charged with interference with public duties and failure to identify. Gasponi was also charged with interference with public duties as well as resisting arrest. Navarrete was charged with providing false information and failure to identify.
I didn’t touch an officer, i didn’t touch another student. I was arrested for exercising my First Amendment Right. Denise, do something about it or WE WILL. https://t.co/NtpjtM3Cko— spank ☔️ (@KingChapo06) May 2, 2019
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