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Raw Video: Berkeley Police Clash With Students

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Posted on Nov 10, 2011

This disturbing video shows riot-ready police facing off with students protesting on Wednesday at UC Berkeley. The students were reportedly attempting to set up camp on school grounds, which initially didn’t go over well but was eventually negotiated with strings attached.

There’s no way to watch this footage, though, and harbor much sympathy for the administration or the police, who made dozens of arrests, according to a CBS/AP account, which described the violent confrontation like so: “Television news footage from outside the university’s main administration building showed officers pulling people from the steps and nudging others with batons as the crowd chanted, ‘We are the 99 percent!’ and ‘Stop Beating Students!’ ”

Clearly, they’re doing more than “nudging” here.



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By scotttpot, November 12, 2011 at 9:49 am Link to this comment

When the Penn St. students rioted in support of rape enabler JoePa the police arrested not a single student.Far different treatment was inflicted on these students whowere protesting tuition hikes and economic injustice.
The United States of Double Standards.

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By Nick Wolf, November 11, 2011 at 4:14 pm Link to this comment
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We’re requesting that the Obama administration send in Federal troops to protect protestors.  Full article is on our website at - please join us in calling the White House Switchboard at (202) 456-1414 to request federal protection from the police.

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By Joseph C. Carbone III, November 11, 2011 at 12:41 pm Link to this comment
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11 November 2011

I was encouraged when Jerry Brown took governorship of our state, California.

No encouragement anymore, with the likes of Gov. Brown and Atty. Gen. Harris, we suffer even more injustice.

When police officers brutally attacked citizens, and the brutalization is public knowledge, and Gov. Brown as well as Atty. Gen. Harris brazenly both do nothing, they are criminals; this is identical to Gov. of Wisconsin, Scott Walker, blatantly breaking the law, and instead of demanding custody of the man, the community of Wisconsin suffers him until a recall is permitted; really!

These political criminals would have us believe, because they are connected, they can do anything. This problem is the same when we, the United States people, except that Pres. Obama’s authority grants him an arbitrary ability to ignore Bush’s criminality. Who promises to go to work, does not work, and is paid?

These criminal elements in our police force, from their chief’s, to our representatives that do nothing about them, to legislature and governors who pass anti-constitutional measures, which are actually illegal, must not be tolerated.

They are the arm of the corporations. The police who beat on us, they do it at the call of corporations, overthrowing freedom. Read the Constitution and understand what these criminals are doing. They genuinely hate our freedom, they use their power to usurp authority over the document that governs them, and they are unlawful servants who have no regard for the citizenry.

Joseph C. Carbone III

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By gerard, November 11, 2011 at 9:10 am Link to this comment

Mea culpa!  I listened again, and it is “Stop Beating Students!”  Shows you what wishful thinking
will do for a person! I’m inclined to carry it a bit too far.

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By Village Idiot, November 10, 2011 at 10:41 pm Link to this comment

I’m wondering when some illustrious, white-shirted Police Supervisor will go home after a day spent inflicting gratuitous violence only to find his residence occupied by several thousand people. Ditto for judges for that matter. OK, I’m not. What I’m REALLY wondering why it hasn’t happened already.

Thankfully, I’m too old and somewhat removed from all this. Were I in that crowd, I wouldn’t be satisfied pressing legal charges against the Police Chief and Supervisor. I’d be demanding that the force be placed under the command of a new, citizens’ council to be organized in the stead of City Hall.

A side arm and paycheck from City Hall make no one a ruler of the world. These thugs are participating in political crime. Perhaps it’s time this point was clarified.

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By da man, November 10, 2011 at 10:07 pm Link to this comment
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Easy to determine the police that are beating students.  PROSECUTE the police that are brutally beating the students with their sticks.

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By kdeff, November 10, 2011 at 8:22 pm Link to this comment
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this WASNT Berkeley Police!  This was Alameda PD on University of California PD orders.

Berkeley police are against breaking up protests, and are even considering stopping aid to surrounding cities/UC when they need help breaking up a protest because they don’t approve of the way things are going in Oakland and at the University.

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By YoungGringos, November 10, 2011 at 8:21 pm Link to this comment

I got to UC around 10pm and found a tense standoff.
Riot cops were lined up on the stairs of the administration building with students surrounding them.  Finally, the cops turned and entered the building, ceding the steps to the students. 
It was a joyous moment.  They chanted, “Who’s stairs? Our stairs!”  How funny is that?
All around me I’m seeing transformation.  People losing their fear and taking back power.
‘Bout damn time.

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By YoungGringos, November 10, 2011 at 8:08 pm Link to this comment

It was “Stop beating students!”.

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By gerard, November 10, 2011 at 7:20 pm Link to this comment

If I hear it right, the student protesters are yelling: “Stop being furious!”“Stop being furious!”
If so, it was the exact medicine to cure the sickness of violence—and it seems to have worked.
Much better, I think, that “Shame!”  “Shame!” which has been used on other occasions. Why?  Because
fury lies at the heart of violence, and calling attention to it directly is less threatening to the police ego than appealing to an emotion they cannot “afford” to recognize without “losing face.”
Bravo, Berkeley!  (Somebody correct me if I heard this wrong, please.)

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By dldine, November 10, 2011 at 6:39 pm Link to this comment


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By C, November 10, 2011 at 4:56 pm Link to this comment
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There is one of those cops in particular who is in need
of serious reprimand.

Guy in the gray zip-up hoodie as the truth-digger of
the week!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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