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Actor James Cromwell arrested at Texas A&M regents protest

October 31, 2019
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This Thursday, Oct. 31, 2019 photo provided by the Brazos County (Texas) Detention Center shows actor James Cromwell. Actor James Cromwell and Jeremy Beckham have been charged with disorderly conduct after police said they disrupted a meeting of the Texas A&M University System Board of Regents. (Brazos County (Texas) Detention Center via AP)
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This Thursday, Oct. 31, 2019 photo provided by the Brazos County (Texas) Detention Center shows actor James Cromwell. Actor James Cromwell and Jeremy Beckham have been charged with disorderly conduct after police said they disrupted a meeting of the Texas A&M University System Board of Regents. (Brazos County (Texas) Detention Center via AP)

COLLEGE STATION, Texas (AP) — Actor James Cromwell and another man have been charged with disorderly conduct after police said they disrupted a meeting of the Texas A&M University System Board of Regents.

The two were part of a demonstration Thursday by People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals to protest A&M’s use of dogs for medical research. The 79-year-old actor, who is an animal welfare activist, and 34-year-old Jeremy Beckham were released after posting bonds of $5,000 each. Hindering proceedings by disorderly conduct is punishable by up to a year in jail.

In a statement issued before the demonstration, Cromwell said that “caging and hurting golden retrievers is unethical and bad science, and it needs to end now.”

Texas A&M University announced recently that it was reducing its breeding of dogs for medical research.