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UA students who confronted Border Patrol agents on campus could get charges dropped

Posted at 10:07 PM, Apr 17, 2019
and last updated 2019-04-18 01:07:49-04

TUCSON, AZ — Video of University of Arizona students yelling at Border Patrol agents who were giving a presentation during a club meeting, sparked controversy.

About one month later, the three UA students charged by campus police for interference with the peaceful conduct of an education institution, could have their charges dropped.

According to Chief Criminal Deputy for the Pima County Attorney's Office, Thomas Weaver, the students will be offered to take part in the UA's diversion program.

"It means they have a consequence and they complete a contract with the university and if they are successful in doing so the charges get dropped."

The UA says their diversion program is a voluntary educational program that interrupts the criminal process for misdemeanor citations issued at the Tucson campus.

There is also a fine attached for first time violations starting at $110.

"The next step is for them to come to court for their arraignments. That's the very first court date, at that court date they'll be offered diversion."

Weaver says if the students do not successfully complete diversion, the prosecution will proceed.