CUNY Hostos students rally to have charges against peer dropped
CUNY Hostos students rallied to support a peer who is facing criminal charges.
The students gathered outside Bronx Criminal Court to show their support for Miguel Malo, a former student activist who has been charged with assault for his actions during a protest back in 2001. Supporters of Malo say he was just exercising his First Amendment rights, but the Bronx District Attorney's office says Malo's actions went far beyond the First Amendment. He is charged with multiple counts of assault, resisting arrest and disorderly conduct, and is accused of kicking an officer in the groin. The students claim Malo was arrested for simply holding a protest sign.
In addition to showing their support for Malo, CUNY students spoke out about how they want CUNY to be friendlier to working class and immigrant students.
News 12 The Bronx contacted Hostos Community College but officials declined to comment on the case against Malo.