Charges dropped against UC Berkeley worker arrested during labor rally

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Charges against David Cole, a UC employee who was tackled and arrested by UCPD during a workers’ rally Feb. 1, were dropped Thursday about 11 a.m., according to a Facebook post by AFSCME Local 3299.

Cole, who is a member of AFSCME Local 3299, the University of California’s largest worker union, was previously charged with resisting arrest and vandalism and was released from detainment that same day.

David Cole charges dropped

On Feb. 7, about 100 demonstrators comprising union workers, UC Berkeley faculty and students rallied outside of California Hall demanding that the University of California drop all charges filed against Cole.

Berkeley City Council members also sent a letter to the Alameda County district attorney in support of Cole during their meeting Tuesday.

Ani Vahradyan is the university news editor. Contact her at [email protected] and follow her on Twitter at @anivahrad.