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UCLA hits back at LAPD for using its Jackie Robinson baseball stadium

UCLA has slammed the Los Angeles Police Department for using the university's Jackie Robinson Stadium as a 'field jail' where cops processed curfew-breaking George Floyd protesters. 

The university publicly announced that it was aware of how officers were using the stadium named after Robinson, a baseball legend and hero to the African-American community who set the standard for athletes to protest social injustices like racism, police brutality and inequality, which is very much prevalent in today's society. 

'We’re troubled by accounts of Jackie Robinson stadium being used as a "field jail." This was done without UCLA’s knowledge or permission,' the university said in a tweet early Wednesday morning. 

'As lessee of the stadium, we informed local agencies that UCLA will NOT grant permission should there be a request like this in the future.'

The announcement came just a day after nearly 60 professors wrote a letter to UCLA Chancellor Gene D. Block and the university's Executive Vice Chancellor & Provost Emily Carter demanding that authorities stop using university property 'as a outpost at this moment of national uprising'.

In the letter, the professors also noted how police ignored the Centers for Disease and Prevention (CDC)'s guidance on COVID-19 and weren't wearing any masks. 

UCLA has slammed the Los Angeles Police Department for using the university's Jackie Robinson baseball stadium as a 'field jail' where cops are processing curfew-breaking George Floyd protesters

The announcement came just a day after nearly 60 professors wrote a letter to UCLA Chancellor Gene D. Block and the university's Executive Vice Chancellor & Provost Emily Carter demanding that authorities stop using university property for protester arrests 

The stadium (pictured) is named after Robinson, a baseball legend and hero to the African-American community who set the standard for athletes to protest social injustices like racism, police brutality and inequality, which is very much prevalent in today's society

'Testimony from arrested protesters is chilling. Arrested for violation of curfew in downtown Los Angeles, protesters were crowded into LA County Sheriff’s Department buses and brought to UCLA,' the letter reads.

'As they arrived, they looked out of the small windows on these prison buses only to see Bruins logos and signs greeting them at the Jackie Robinson Stadium.' 

The letter said that protesters were held on the buses at UCLA for 'five to six hours, without access to restrooms, food, water, information, or medical attention'.  

'All protocols of social distancing were violated by the LA County Sheriff’s Department and LAPD with protesters deliberately crowded into buses and officers not following rules and recommendations established by the City, the County, and the CDC, including wearing masks,' the letter continued. 

The professors pointed out the 'sharp hypocrisy' of police using a stadium named after an icon who consistently spoke out against racism. 

Robinson, who made his mark as a four-sport star at UCLA, broke the MLB color barrier in 1947 when he appeared in a game for the Brooklyn Dodgers, making him the first black player in the league's history. 

Thousands of protesters gathered outside Los Angeles City Hall on Tuesday 

Officer Mike Lopez from the LAPD (officers pictured) said they were using the field, but: 'We are no longer using it'

'In recent days, UCLA leadership has shared statements of solidarity denouncing institutionalized racism and recognizing the importance of protest against such racism.

'Last night’s [June 1] use of Jackie Robinson Stadium stands in sharp hypocrisy to these statements.'

The letter continued: 'As a public university, we serve the public and our students, and this in turn requires dismantling the mechanisms of punishment that have historically caused undeniable harm to communities in Los Angeles.' 

It's unclear how many people were held at the stadium but of those arrested Monday, several were UCLA students.   

Officer Mike Lopez from the LAPD told NBC that they were using the field, but: 'We are no longer using it.'

The incident comes just a day after LAPD Chief Michel Moore said Floyd's death is on the hands of looters as much as it's on the Minnesota officer who pinned him to the cement and kneeled on his neck and the other three cops who stood by and did nothing. 

The incident comes just a day after LAPD Chief Michel Moore (pictured) said Floyd's death is on the hands of looters as much as it's on the Minnesota officer who pinned him to the cement and kneeled on his neck and the other three cops who stood by and did nothing

Moore said officers made 700 arrests Sunday night and of those arrests 70 people had been burglarizing or looting businesses. 

'So what that tells me is that two things: We didn’t have protests last night, we had criminal acts. We didn’t have people mourning the death of this man, George Floyd. We had people capitalizing,' Moore said.

'His death is on their hands as much as it is those officers,' the chief added. 'And that is a strong statement but I must say that this civil unrest that we are in the midst of, we must turn a corner from people who are involved in violence, people who are involved in preying on others.'

Garcetti then went up to speak and following him Moore took the podium once again, claiming he 'misspoke' about Floyd’s death. 

'I misspoke when I said his blood was on their hands, but certainly their actions do not serve the enormity of his loss and cannot be in his memory,' Moore said. 

Moore was quickly hit with calls for his resignation as several people took to Twitter to express their outrage.

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