ASUC criticizes police actions at Occupy Cal

The ASUC Senate passed a unanimous motion Wednesday night admonishing the actions taken by police during the Nov. 9 Day of Action protests.

According to the statement, the ASUC is “appalled by the excessive use of police force against peacefully assembled students tonight, November 9th, 2011, on Upper Sproul steps.”

During a recess of the senate meeting, Cooperative Movement Senator Elliot Goldstein — who originally proposed issuing the statement — said he and other senators ran over to the Sproul steps shortly after the police had cleared the protesters’ encampment. Goldstein said he reported to the senate what he had seen, which resulted in the statement.

“I heard numerous eye-witness reports of people who were beaten with batons,” he said in an email. “When I announced to the Senate what I saw and heard there was unanimous disgust in the way that UCPD and mutual aid reacted. Police violence on our campus against peaceful free speech demonstrations is entirely unacceptable, and it’s important that the ASUC stand up for student’s right to free speech with non-violence methods.”

According to Goldstein, the statement will be followed up with a more detailed resolution in the next week.