UC Student Association condemns police violence, supports UC Berkeley students

The UC Student Association issued a statement Thursday night in support of UC Berkeley students after the Wednesday Occupy Cal protest, which at times turned violent and saw 39 protesters arrested. Read the full text of the association’s statement below.


UC Students Stand with UC Berkeley

“Students throughout the UC system outraged by police brutality against students”

Berkeley- On Wednesday, hundreds of students gathered on Sproul Plaza at UC Berkeley to demand an end to cuts to education and for new tax revenues raised from big businesses and the wealthy.

Wednesday’s demonstration at UC Berkeley was overwhelmingly peaceful and nonviolent.  The only major violence came as a result of excessive force used by the UC Police Department against the student demonstrators.  UC students are outraged by the brutal tactics used by the UCPD against students.  UCPD is supposed to protect students and ensure their safety. UCPD’s behavior on Wednesday at UC Berkeley was shameful, and only served to put students in greater danger.  UCSA calls for an immediate end to the use of such tactics by UCPD.

The UC Student Association calls for an investigation into Wednesday’s events at Berkeley and a suspension of the officers involved. “Unfortunately, excessive force by the UCPD has been all too commonplace. UCPD is not our enemy, and students are not theirs—UCPD must review its policies and practices on how to handle student demonstrations. The Regents, our Chancellors and UC President Yudof must stand up and protect students against violence on our own campuses,” said Claudia Magana, UC Student Association President.

Much of the police response came as a result of the UCPD attempting to prevent students from assembling on Sproul Plaza.  “The UC Berkeley campus and Sproul Plaza itself is the birthplace of the Free Speech movement.  It belongs to the students and to the people of California, and students have the right to assemble and speak on Sproul Plaza as they see fit. It is outrageous that they would be subject to such violence on their own campus. ” said Magana.

Jordan Bach-Lombardo is the university news editor.

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  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_Q2QSZRHK3JIZT4VQP24BKXO6NE George

    Hey occupier! im so proud of you i made a wikipedia articles for you ! http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Occupy_Cal http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Occupy_Berkeley

  • Dharmasyd

    Please correct your data to show that much of the main violence came from Alameda County Sherriff officers.  This is clearly seen on Daily Cal raw footage (#9 – as listed on the video) which was taken and released that night.

  • ChrisM

    Who the hell is the “UC Student Association”?  They’re not the ASUC.

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=565690874 Samuel Sukaton

      No; ASUC represents Berkeley students. UCSA is all the student governments in the system. However, it seems ASUC’s resolution passed, as well.

  • guest

    I thought UCPD was NOT involved, and that it was Alameda PD. If that’s the case, UCSA needs to do some serious hw before issuing pres releases to be taken seriously

    • guest

      it was both the UCPD and the Alameda PD, do your own homework

  • Anonymous

    And
    yet the Regents backed AB 131, giving Illegal Aliens $40 Million of
    Legal Students State aid and further impacting education budget. This
    will only become larger every year. Say goodbye to YOUR higher
    education.  Sorry if the truth hurts.  :(

  • Sarcasm

    OH WOW WHAT A FUCKING SURPRISE!!!!!

    UCSA SUPPORTS STUDENTS INSTEAD OF POLICE OR CAMPUS OFFICIALS????

    HOLY SHIT WHAT A FUCKING SURPRISE!!!! THIS IS SOME FUCKING FRONT PAGE NEWS RIGHT HERE!!!!

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100002105351766 Don Honda

    And
    yet the Regents backed AB 131, giving Illegal Aliens $40 Million of
    Legal Students State aid and further impacting education budget. This
    will only become larger every year. Say goodbye to YOUR higher
    education.  Sorry if the truth hurts. :(

  • Anonymous

    And yet the Regents backed AB 131, giving Illegal Aliens $40 Million of Legal Students State aid and further impacting education budget. This will only become larger every year. Say goodbye to YOUR higher education.  Sorry if the truth hurts. :(

    • FistRaised

      $40 MILLION is CHUMP CHANGE for the UC REAGENT 1% crew. They make $1 million a year easy.   

      Greed is the issue not the young people who wish to go to school. 

      • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_WRACM77JT2RXUR3LMGDPPUGUYY Tony M

        So if your own economic situation is so comfy that you don’t care whether your education results in a decent paying job when you graduate, why are you protesting and pretending you’re part of the 99% anyway?

        • TTOONNY!!!!

          haha.. Tony you’re so stupid. 

          • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_WRACM77JT2RXUR3LMGDPPUGUYY Tony M

            Funny how the little child who can’t present a reasoned argument is calling others stupid. Are you having fun, troll?

      • Anon

        If the regents make $1 million per year (most don’t) it would take them FOURTY FUCKING YEARS to earn $40 million.

        Since when is a LIFETIME’S WORK considered CHUMP CHANGE by anyone?
        Be careful, you STUPIDITY is showing.

  • Anonymous

    And yet the Regents backed AB 131, giving Illegal Aliens $40 Million of Legal Students State aid and further impacting education budget. This will only become larger every year. Say goodbye to YOUR higher education.  Sorry that the truth hurts. :(

    • isaidit.now.what

      $40 MILLION is CHUMP CHANGE for the UC REAGENT 1% crew. They make $1 million a year easy.   Greed is the issue not the young people who wish to go to school.

      • Ass

        If the regents make $1 million per year (most don’t) it would take them FOURTY FUCKING YEARS to earn $40 million.

        You are a FUCKING IDIOT who has no idea who the REAL enemy is.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_O64YFQFCZBN4W6OXAH47CXJZSE USA

    Birgeneau is a coward hiding behind the police to suppress freedom of assembly.

  • Rubywoo123

    unbelievable. Whether the press is blowing it out of proportion, the fact that the USCD felt the need to resort to violence (for a non-violent demonstration) is  horrendous.

  • A Barrow

    Two handed night stick gouges to the abdomens of young coeds cornered by bushes and the crowd behind them while riot police push then with mulitple blows. Many organizations have been analysing this abhorrent attack since the afternoon it occurred. Send any photos to the National Lawyers Guild SF office.

    • http://twitter.com/robmillernow Rob Miller

      Wondering if Berkeley’s blowing all this out of proportion?  Judge for yourself:

      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=buovLQ9qyWQ

      • Guest

        Thank you for the video, Rob.

        I think you are right. Berkeley is definitely blowing this out of proportion.