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bigmonkey Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Nov-09-11 10:44 PM
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10. It's happened in between, in the early '90s.
Edited on Wed Nov-09-11 10:45 PM by bigmonkey
There was a whole lot of political action when the University tried to take back "People's Park." I had a friend who was subjected to punitive lawsuits. The University put in a sand volleyball court in place of the park to make it seem like the takeover was community-friendly. No-one from the community would use the court, so the University hired off-duty police (I think their own) to play volleyball there to make it seem like the court was being accepted. My friend and other activists would disrupt the games, and she was charged with an "attack with thorny weapons", if I recall the charge properly, when she threw roses into the game, and a stupid police person decided to stomp on them!

Police violence pretty commonly through the period. Two members of the Berkeley Police Review Board didn't believe all the charges against the police, so, against the advice of friends, they went to observe a protest there, wearing ID that showed their status. One was beaten senseless by the U. of C. police (or the Berkeley police, I can't remember which), the other was found wandering dazed from being beaten. Just horrible. I may have some minor naming details incorrect, but that's the gist. There was more, but it's a long story.
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