California Cops Who Jabbed Students 'May' Have Done Wrong

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Friday, June 8, 2012

UC Berkeley police "may" have violated policies when they jabbed batons at defiant but peaceful students who set up their first Occupy encampment in November, says a tepidly worded report released Wednesday.

The strongest conclusion by the five-member Police Review Board chaired by UC Berkeley law Professor Jesse Choper is that authorities failed to follow recommendations from two prior Police Review Board reports that criticized the use of force during student protests in 2009 and 1997.

But the board's main charge from Chancellor Robert Birgeneau was to decide if police violated their own policies and "campus norms" during the Nov. 9 protest that lives today on YouTube videos gone viral and in the memories of angry students.

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