UC Berkeley Chancellor Was Aware of Baton Use

BERKELEY, Calif. — E-mails revealing that UC Berkeley Chancellor Robert Birgeneau was informed batons were being used to forcibly remove student Occupy protestors have recently surfaced. The use of force has since been called excessive by students, faculty and others.

A campus Police Review Board is investigating the Nov. 9 protest to determine who authorized the use of batons by police, the San Francisco Chronicle reports. Birgeneau told faculty that he had explicitly prohibited police from using tear gas or pepper spray, but did not admit to knowing that police used batons in two open letters to the campus community.

The E-mails prompted the Faculty Senate to pass four resolutions disapproving of Birgeneau’s handling of the protest at its November meeting.

Read the full story.

Related Articles:

If you appreciated this article and want to receive more valuable industry content like this, click here to sign up for our FREE digital newsletters!

Leading in Turbulent Times: Effective Campus Public Safety Leadership for the 21st Century

This new webcast will discuss how campus public safety leaders can effectively incorporate Clery Act, Title IX, customer service, “helicopter” parents, emergency notification, town-gown relationships, brand management, Greek Life, student recruitment, faculty, and more into their roles and develop the necessary skills to successfully lead their departments. Register today to attend this free webcast!

Get Our Newsletters
Campus Safety Conference promo