Columbia University protesters taken into custody after police enter campus

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NEW YORK -- Columbia University protesters were taken into custody late Tuesday night after the school president asked the NYPD to clear them from campus.

Police set up a massive presence outside the university before officers began moving in around 9 p.m.

A dramatic scene unfolded as the NYPD brought in a large vehicle with an extendable ramp to enter a second-floor window of Hamilton Hall, which schools officials said had been occupied by protesters. Around 9:30 p.m., dozens of officers wearing helmets began to enter the building through a window they had pried open. Additional crowds of officers entered campus on foot through the main gate.