“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.




The first video that went around the world

The events in this video happened after the first police attack to take the tents (around 3:40pm on Nov.9th), and before police retreated.

Evening attack on Occupy Cal: raw footage

Hits on crowd start at around 2:45. After 5:00, some protestors voluntarily walk away from the human wall; at 5:35 one gets violently pushed back into the crowd by police.

CalTV footage: Use of force after dismantling of tents

More video footage of the continued use of force, and arrests, that followed the dismantling of the tents in the afternoon of November 9th. In particular, look at what appears to be a punch at a protester’s face at 0:19, and hits at the head of a protestor already on the ground around 2:15.

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.”

DailyCal footage from Nov.9th afternoon

Part 1: Police using batons against human wall. Starting around 3:20 of this video you can see some of the Nov.9th afternoon arrests when the police first took down Occupy Cal tents.

Part 2: Different footage of the same police intervention and arrests. Includes footage of protesters attempting to talk to the police and an overhead view of police dismantling the tents.

Part 3: Events in this video occured after the ‘Occupy Cal’ tents were dismantled in the afternoon of Nov.9th.