UC Berkeley Bungled Protest: Investigation

Wednesday, Jun 16, 2010  |  Updated 5:15 PM PDT
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UC Berkeley Bungled Protest: Investigation

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A University of California, Berkeley investigation has found that school police and administrators bungled the response to a protest in November that led to dozens of arrests and police beatings.    

The 128-page report released Wednesday by the University's Police Review Board calls administrators and police unprepared for the takeover of a university building on Nov. 20.    

The report says that the first officer should not have threatened to use pepper spray on protesters.    

It also says that riot-gear-clad officers called in late from other agencies inflamed tensions by marching into the fray with little discussion about alternative approaches.    

UC police Chief Mitch Celaya says human error, not evil intent, is to blame for the mistakes.
 

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