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

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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.