ASU police chief on leave amid complaints about actions removing protesters from campus

The campus police chief at Arizona State University has been placed on leave for his alleged actions during anti-Israel protests.

"ASU Police Chief Michael Thompson has been placed on paid administrative leave, per university policy, pending a review of complaints filed related to his actions on April 26-27, 2024. Assistant Chief John Thompson has been named Acting Chief," the statement said. 

"The ASU Office of General Counsel is directing a review of actions surrounding the establishment and removal of an encampment on the Alumni Lawn. Upon completion of the review, ASU will provide an update on its findings," it continued. 

The nature of the complaints was not disclosed. 

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