Jackie Robinson
Jackie Robinson (Library of Congress via Wikimedia Commons)

UCLA officials said on Tuesday night that Los Angeles police used the university’s Jackie Robinson Stadium to temporarily house demonstrators protesting the death of George Floyd.

The stadium, named for Major League Baseball’s first African American player, was used without UCLA’s knowledge or permission, according to a Twitter post by the school.

“We’re troubled by accounts of Jackie Robinson stadium being used as a ‘field jail,’” the university tweeted early Wednesday. “As lessee of the stadium, we informed local agencies that UCLA will NOT grant permission should there be a request like this in the future.”

While the LAPD acknowledged using the field for suspects arrested during the protests, Officer Mike Lopez confirmed that “we are no longer using it.”

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