Univ Of California, Berkeley Looking To Avoid 2nd Clash With Protesters

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Monday, November 14, 2011

Mocked and criticized, UC Berkeley administrators are softening their defense of the violent response by campus police against protesters, and say they hope to avoid similar aggression this week at a planned student walkout.

At the same time, campus police say they are investigating their response and considering whether pepper spray and tear gas might be used in future protests.

"We're extremely disturbed by the images on the video and will work very hard to not repeat the violence on Tuesday," said Claire Holmes, associate vice chancellor of public affairs, who sits on the school's crisis management team formed last year to improve their handling of protests.

UC Police Chief Mitch Celaya said he is reviewing video and interviewing witnesses to determine whether any officers should be disciplined for unwarranted use of force.

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