Faces of Berkeley: Mitch Celaya, UCPD chief

With retirement looming, campus police chief reflects on highs and lows of UC Berkeley tenure

Since assuming the position in 2009, Mitch Celaya has managed some of UC Berkeley’s most controversial disputes. But effective Dec. 31, Celaya will retire from his post, thus ending a 30-year career with the campus police.
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UC Police review of Occupy Cal protest critical of administration, justifies baton use

Review says outlawing Police use of pepper-spray was inappropriate

A review released Friday concludes that police use of force against students in the Nov. 9 Occupy Cal protests was within reason, but criticized the UC Berkeley administration’s response to the event. The operational review was conducted by Jeff Young, assistant chief of police at the UCLA Police Department, and
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UC may have violated state Public Records Act, experts say

The UC has refused to release billing costs associated with a suit brought against it by Occupy Cal protesters.

The University of California is refusing to disclose legal bills generated by a San Francisco law firm’s work defending the university against a pending lawsuit — a decision experts say may have left the university in violation of the state Public Records Act. The university has contracted Crowell & Moring
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Occupy Cal demonstrators file lawsuit against campus administrators, police

Students and community members have filed a lawsuit against UC Berkeley officials and campus and local law enforcement in response to police actions against demonstrators earlier this month. The lawsuit was filed by BAMN, a national pro-affirmative action group, on behalf of 24 demonstrators who say they witnessed and experienced violence
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