UCPD releases list of banned items for potential demonstrations in response to canceled ‘Free Speech Week’

When Milo Yiannopoulos previously came to the UC Berkeley campus Feb. 1, his event was canceled due to fiery protests that erupted on Sproul Plaza.
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When Milo Yiannopoulos previously came to the UC Berkeley campus Feb. 1, his event was canceled due to fiery protests that erupted on Sproul Plaza.

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UCPD issued a list of items that will be prohibited on campus Sept. 24, in light of potential demonstrations that may take place.

In a Nixle alert issued Saturday, UCPD announced a list of 40 items that will be banned on campus in any security area UCPD has established. Although campus publication the Berkeley Patriot has canceled its planned “Free Speech Week” from Sept. 24-27, Milo Yiannopoulos, who was co-hosting the event with the student group, has announced his intention to speak on Sproul Plaza on Sept. 24 at noon, along with several other conservative speakers.

UCPD said in its alert that there is still a possibility for large crowds and demonstrations on and near campus Sept. 24.

The list of prohibited items is as follows:

  • No backpacks or bags
  • Weapons (firearms/simulated firearms)
  • Ammunition
  • Weapons (dirks/daggers /ice picks)
  • Improvised Weapons as determined by Law Enforcement Officers
  • Tasers /stun guns or similar devices
  • Mace/pepper spray/bear spray/wasp spray
  • Hard plastic, metal, or glass bottles and jars (Nalgene, bike water bottles, etc.)
  • Wearing masks of any kind
  • Gas masks
  • Helmets
  • Animals other than working service animals
  • No object/sign larger than 30” X 30” (objects/signs will only be allowed if made of foam core, cardboard or paper)
  • Shields
  • Balls or other projectiles
  • Hard or frozen fruit/vegetables
  • Sticks /selfie sticks/poles/clubs/pipes (wood, plastic or metal)
  • Chains with padlocks
  • Baseball bats
  • Fireworks
  • Explosive devices
  • Incendiary devices
  • Aerosols/pressurized cans
  • Batteries
  • Hard coolers
  • Umbrellas
  • Artificial noise making devices
  • Monos/tripods
  • Laser pointers
  • Tobacco products (including e-cigarettes)
  • Skateboards/scooters/bicycles
  • Bicycle U-locks
  • Balloons
  • Illegal drugs
  • BBQ Grills of any kind (charcoal, propane, etc.)
  • Structures, canopies or pop-up tents
  • Wagons or carts that can be pulled
  • Drones and other unmanned aircraft systems
  • Packages
  • Liquid (other than water in factory-sealed, clear plastic bottles

UCPD said in its alert that south campus, particularly Upper Sproul Plaza, will likely be the most impacted campus area Sept. 24. The city of Berkeley also issued a list of banned items Friday, ahead of the formerly planned Free Speech Week.

“The campus continues to plan for the safety of faculty, students, staff, and visitors and is working to minimize disruption to the occupants of nearby buildings and to those who pass through South campus,” UCPD said in its alert. “If you are at a demonstration and see violence, separate yourself. If you can do safely, report it to police.”

Chantelle Lee is the city news editor. Contact her at [email protected] and follow her on Twitter at @ChantelleHLee.

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  • Jenny Rellick

    As an asthmatic who carries an albuterol inhaler and a battery-powered wheelchair user, it looks like I would have no right to speak here. I see something missing from this list: cars!

  • What fun is a protest when you can’t bring a polar bear and a balloon?

  • Logo4245

    The list sounds like a must for Antifa get togethers.

  • zzz

    BBQ’s would love to tailgate the antifa riot.

  • J.J. Snyder

    Commiefornia is an absolute JOKE!

  • CrusadaB

    And take a bath for Pete’s sake…but don’t bring your soap on a rope.

  • Feliks Jerzy Kwiatkowski

    I am posting this as a Pole, born and resident in the United Kingdom. I visited Berkeley a few times in the early 1990s. I saw the first signs of the approaches of the tragi-comic degradation to which you have reduced yourselves. I saw it in the pages of the University magazine, which was then preaching ‘political correctness’ – i.e. Cultural Marxism. At first, I thought it was a spoof – a jest being pushed around by students or junior academics. But after a while, I realised it was serious. And now, after 25 years of hard-core PC, we have this. The list of police prohibitions published above is necessary for one reason only – your long-term toleration of organised communist violence. What you thought was ‘your’ society is there for the taking at the hands of bandits. I am very curious to see what you plan to do about it.

    • Mike Dimitri

      Hey, POLES are banned from Berkeley… didn’t you read the article? hehehe

      • John Sarsfield

        Best comment of the day. My hat is off to you, Sir.

  • Graeme Stewart

    Funny they didn’t have to ban any items when Bernie Sanders came to speak… But you know Cal cares about all views lol

  • Christopher Brown

    why tabacco and e-cigs

    • Ariel

      Tabacco and e-cigs should be permanently banned from society anyway!

      • Way to police people’s behaviors with your vastly superior moral/ethical code,…

        • Ariel

          I respect people’s rights to smoke if they want to but would appreciate them respecting my right not too….

          • Steven Childs

            I don’t smoke but used to for years. If you don’t like it, walk away.

          • Ariel

            I detest those that smoke in areas where it is clearly marked as forbidden, which is most of them, but they do it anyway! Why should I walk away?

          • Steven Childs

            No you’re changing the conversation to win some point? Who said anyone was smoking in non smoking areas besides you?

          • Ariel

            Believe me I do not seek out smoking areas to be pestered!
            If these commodities are permanently banned from society then there is zero chance of this happening / people being forced to inhale others exhaust fumes. Period!
            If people want to use them then the privacy of their own home / space should be the place…

          • Steven Childs

            If you drive a car, you’re contributing to polluting the air of others too and we all manage to deal.

          • HT

            What if your perfume bothers me? Maybe I’m allergic to it. Should you walk away or should I?

          • Willy Maykit

            >>>If these commodities are permanently banned from society then there is zero chance of this happening / people being forced to inhale others exhaust fumes. Period!
            If people want to use them then the privacy of their own home / space should be the place…>>>>

            So why should I have to breathe air that is polluted by your car? Or a city bus?
            Should we ban them too?

          • Rebecca Gal

            As I have said before, see what you wrote? Look at it. This was the beginning of PC culture and you embrace it still.

          • Willy Maykit

            >>> detest those that smoke in areas where it is clearly marked as forbidden, which is most of them, but they do it anyway! Why should I walk away?>>>

            Because smoke is bad for you. You walk away because someone is using a legal product which you dislike, and your rights don’t trump theirs.

            Nowhere in the Constitution are you guaranteed not to have to smell smoke.
            Be thankful you don’t live in China and have to wear a SARS mask every day.

      • Rebecca Gal

        Banning smoking was the beginning of the screaming and whining of PC culture. When you could ostracize your fellow American for doing something perfectly legal, just unhealthy, and it was accepted this is what you get.

        • Willy Maykit

          The entire assault on smoking is an outrage.
          Do we ridicule others with addictions?
          I passed a billboard today that showed a monkey with a mouthful of cigarettes. It said: “Think he looks stupid? So do you!”
          Saw another that showed a filthy ashtray and it said:”Kissing a smoker is like kissing an ashtray”

          Do we mock overweight people with billboards ridiculing them?
          Do we show hippopotamus and say: “Look like a hippo? So do you!”
          What about drug addicts and alcoholics…are we now to mock them too?

          The fact is, maligning smokers is a HATE crime and should be treated as such.
          Sick and tired of this “Non-smoker privilege”

    • Jordon Hayward

      Antifa has this obsession with lighting pretty girls hair on fire. Coz their retarded n stuff. Only reason I can think of atm.

  • MaquelleSamizhia

    LOL

  • Jerald

    I sometimes forget California bans everything not made of styrofoam and carebare stares. So long as the stare isn’t menacing.

  • Ball_Buster®

    We’ll see if the police do their job or stand down again.

  • anna

    Hahah so in other words don’t bring anything

  • SUE GREINER

    i understand the list .. and its just for conservative and or Republican … am i right ? …. of course i’m right