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alp227 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Nov-29-11 10:35 PM
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Cal students sue over police tactics at protest
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Source: SF Chronicle

Two dozen UC Berkeley students and community members filed a federal civil rights lawsuit Tuesday, accusing university police and Alameda County sheriff's deputies of brutalizing them as they tried to set up an Occupy camp on campus.

The suit, filed in U.S. District Court in San Francisco, said law-enforcement officers, under the direction of UC Berkeley Chancellor Robert Birgeneau, needlessly used their batons to jab nonviolent protesters outside Sproul Hall on Nov. 9.

The officers and deputies "conducted a planned, coordinated and violent attack against these peaceful protesters" by using "shocking, unconscionable and excessive force," states the lawsuit, which seeks unspecified damages.

The clash with police happened at UC Berkeley's Sproul Plaza, where protesters had tried to set up tents as part of an Occupy encampment. Videos of the confrontation led to several investigations and an apology from Birgeneau, who is named as a defendant in the suit along with several top university officials, campus police Chief Mitch Celaya, Alameda County Sheriff Greg Ahern.

Read more: http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2011/1...
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