“They hit me so hard with the baton a chunk of skin had actually come off”

From KPFA/Democracy Now!, this account from a UC Berkeley undergraduate:

I was thrown to the ground and beaten with a baton. Police were beating my legs, even though I wasn’t fighting back and I wasn’t resisting. They hit me so hard with the baton on my shin that a chunk of skin had actually come off, and I was bleeding profusely.


and this from a UC Berkeley graduate student:

They tore the clothes off of me, because they couldn’t grab me, grabbed me by the hair, three of them. They pulled me out of the line of students, which we were like holding hands in peaceful demonstrations. And then, they put me down, and three UCPD got on top of me. And one of them used a rifle, the rifle that they use to shoot the pepper spray, and that officer hit me in the head. When I asked the officers, the UCPD officers, why I was being detained, they themselves told me, “We don’t really know who arrested you. We don’t even know what the charges are. But we’re going to process you eventually.




CBS coverage – evening of Nov.9th

Police Break Up ‘Occupy Cal’ Encampment At UC Berkeley

Includes two videos of the Nov.9th evening arrests.

Video footage and report on excessive force from the Bay Citizen

Langan, who was released late Wednesday after roughly five hours in police custody, intends to file a complaint with the University of California Police Department on Monday accusing authorities of using excessive force. She says as officers approached, she stuck out her wrist and said, “Arrest me.” Instead, they grabbed her by the hair.

Perhaps the most telling part of this report is that even UC Berkeley Associate Vice Chancellor Claire Holmes could not understate the severity of these events:

Asked to review the video on Friday, Claire Holmes, a spokeswoman for UC Berkeley, promised a thorough investigation.

“The images are extremely disturbing,” Holmes said. “Obviously we will be looking into the incident and appropriate measures will be taken. We will have to go through an investigation.”