By Will Norton-Mosher
Two undergraduates and one graduate student who were arrested while protesting a variety of issues during the UC Regents’ visit last October continue to wait for their trial dates as the District Attorney has not yet finalized a complaint with the court.
The three students learned about the delay after meeting with prosecutors in court on Nov. 30.
Steve Stormoen, a fourth-year UC Santa Cruz student, was charged with resisting arrest and disrupting a public meeting. According to Stormoen, the District Attorney has given the police a chance to revise their statements, which has further delayed the filing process.
"I’m kind of sketchy on this process because this gives the police the opportunity to conveniently misremember things from three months ago," Stormeoen said.
However, according to campus spokesperson Jim Burns, this is a common practice.
"The District Attorney’s office may choose to file charges with the court after initial review, or it may go back to the arresting agency for additional information," Burns told City on a Hill Press in an email.
Burns said that campus police had already provided the District Attorney’s office with the requested information.
Though county courts move slowly, the university’s disciplinary process moves much faster. Stormoen has already been placed on disciplinary probation by the university, but he is attempting to appeal the decision.
Alette Kendrick, one of the other students arrested, was charged with three felony counts: battery of an officer, disrupting a public event, and resisting arrest. Kendrick declined to speak to the press about her academic punishments.
According to Stormoen, there have been whispers that Kendrick could be expelled, but he doesn’t know how serious her situation is.
Alessandro Tinonga, a member of the International Socialist Organization at UCSC, helped create a petition of over 700 signatures, calling for the charges against the three students, both legal and academic, to be dropped.
"The evidence is so contradictory and weak the prosecution asked for an extension," Tinonga said. "[Kendrick] really didn’t do anything."
Many other students, including Stormoen, believe the protest has been mischaracterized as a violent act.
"I’ve never participated in a violent protest in my life," Stormoen said. "If I was asked to participate in I violent protest, I would steadfastly refuse."