Texas A&M associate professor arrested during Saturday's protest
The only person arrested during the Sully statue protest and counter-protest on Saturday was a Texas A&M associate professor who crossed barrier tape put up by the university, KBTX has confirmed.
Michael Alvard, 61, of College Station was taken into custody and charged with one count of criminal trespassing. He was released the same day on a bond of $2,000.
Online records show Alvard is an Associate Professor for the school's Department of Anthropology.
An arrest report from the Texas A&M Police Department says Alvard crossed the barrier tape and entered into an 'exclusion zone' that separated the two opposing groups that gathered Saturday afternoon near the Lawrence Sullivan Ross statue in the Academic Plaza.
Alvard was holding a bullhorn and clipboard when he was taken into custody by two officers as the crowd chanted "let him speak."
The arrest report says Alvard was repeatedly asked to return to the area behind the tape but refused to do so. The report states Alvard told police he had a right to be in that area because Texas A&M is public property. An officer responded and said the exclusion zone was not open to the public at that time.
According to the probable cause statement, Alvard, refusing to comply with officers, attempted several times to speak on his bullhorn before being placed in handcuffs. As that happened, he asked the police "Are you sure you want to do this?"
After Alvard was detained, a majority of the anti-Sully crowd crossed the barrier into the exclusion zone to be physically closer to the counter-protesters on the other side. No other arrests were made.
Alvard was then taken to a temporary booking area at another location on campus and then transported to the Brazos County Detention Center.
KBTX has reached out to Alvard for a statement about his arrest.
On Sunday, he posted on his personal Facebook page:
According to a Facebook page belonging to Young Democratic Socialist of America at Texas A&M University, $3,000 was raised to help cover the costs of bail for Alvard. Any extra raised will be donated to the Bail Project, which works to fight mass incarceration, according to the post.