[UPDATED with UCI Chief "Appalled":] UC Protesters Get Help From Above to Stop Campus Cops' Baton Jabs and Pepper Spraying

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UPDATE, NOV. 23, 10:24 A.M.: UC Irvine Chancellor Michael Drake has issued a statement where he says that he is "appalled" by the police response to peaceful demonstrators on other campuses as witnessed in recent YouTube videos. The brutal actions violate UC policies, procedures and the sense of trust state-owned universities have built and maintained in their communities, Drake said.

"We fully support student dissent on campus," he adds in his full statement after the jump . . .

Message from Chancellor Michael Drake regarding recent campus protests

I was appalled at the use of force by police against peaceful demonstrators at other campuses as seen on YouTube videos over the past few days. These actions violate our policies and procedures. Worse than that, they violate the well earned trust that our community has placed in our campus police. We understand that these actions have been condemned by UC President Mark Yudof, UC Berkeley Chancellor Robert Birgeneau, and UC Davis Chancellor Linda Katehi as well, and that the officers involved in the UC Davis incident have been placed on administrative leave pending a review.

We fully support student dissent on campus, it is an important part of the university learning environment, and a cornerstone of the political process in a healthy democracy. We work actively to protect the free speech rights of our students, faculty, staff and community members while maintaining a safe environment. We do this through constructive engagement and thoughtful enforcement of our policies. We partner in this effort with our campus police officers who are actively and sincerely committed to protecting the health and safety of demonstrators as well as bystanders.

President Yudof has promised a review of campus policies on all 10 UC campuses. We are collaborating fully.

We appreciate all of your efforts to keep UC Irvine a place where the broadest range of ideas can be shared and discussed in meaningful, productive and peaceful ways.

--Chancellor Michael V. Drake

CLARIFICATION, NOV. 23, 9:11 A.M.: The original version of this post reported that Chairwoman Sherry Lansing will gavel the UC Board of Regents to order on Monday in Merced. Actually, Lansing won't be on that UC campus.

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Due to perceived threats of violence and vandalism, the board is meeting via teleconference.

Different board members will physically be at UCLA, UC Davis, UC Merced and UC San Francisco's Mission Bay campus. Only one board member will be at Merced, and it won't be Lansing, according to James Leonard, the news director in that university's Office of Communications.

As originally reported, public comments will be expanded from the usual 20 minutes to at least an hour.

In related news about one of the things that has Regents on edge, UC Davis' embattled Chancellor Linda Katehi is now saying campus police officers defied her orders when they pepper-sprayed peaceful protesters Friday.

An independent investigation into the incident will be headed by former LAPD Chief William J. Bratton, the UC has announced.

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ORIGINAL POST, NOV. 22, 10:46 A.M.: High tuition, crowded classes, lack of post-grad prospects . . . well, at least UC Irvine students have this going for them: UC President Mark G. Yudof has their backs when it comes to getting pepper-sprayed or baton-jabbed by campus police.

Following incidents at the Davis and Berkeley campuses that "appalled" Yudof, he convened via teleconference all 10 UC chancellors--including UCI's Michael Drake--on Monday to stress this message: "We cannot let this happen again."

Refreshingly, that does not mean breaking out lethal force when confronting peaceful protesters, quite the opposite. In a stunningly non-Ronald Reagan/S.I. Hayakawa moment, Yudof called on his campus chiefs to ensure everything possible will be done to protect the rights of student, faculty and staff dissenters, according to a statement from the UC president's office.

On Nov. 9, peaceful protesters at UC Berkeley were jabbed with batons and nine were doused with pepper spray by campus police. Two protesters were treated at and released from a local hospital, and 10 were arrested. Then, on Friday, UC Davis protesters sitting passively, locked in arms and in solidarity with their Berkeley counterparts and the Occupy Wall Street movement were also doused with pepper spray by two campus cops, as clearly shown on video taken at the time.

Those officers and the campus police chief were placed on administrative leave to restore calm. Facing an onslaught of criticism from students, faculty, staff, alumni and local politicians, UC Davis Chancellor Linda Katehi vowed to speed up an investigation of the incident from the usual three months it takes to conduct one. (At least someone in the state will be getting O.T.)

But, In light of the video evidence, Yudof has already reached a conclusion.

"Free speech is part of the DNA of this university, and non-violent protest has long been central to our history," he says in a statement issued Sunday. "It is a value we must protect with vigilance."


On Monday, Yudof told the chancellors he has his full confidence in them but that he was directing senior staff to work with each campus police chief to ensure something like this does not happen again.


The chairwoman of the UC Board of Regents, Sherry Lansing, is also chiming in via print and video statements, saying she was "shocked and appalled" by images of campus police action against Davis and Berkeley protesters. Lansing agreed with Yudof that steps must be taken to protect peaceful protesters, and she invited the public to share their concerns when she gavels her board to order on Monday in Merced. (Writer's note--Regents are meeting via teleconference from UCLA, UC Davis, UC Merced and UC San Francisco's Mission Bay campus,) Public comments will be expanded from the usual 20 minutes to at least an hour, Lansing noted.




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perspective2
perspective2

CampusUCPD report to chancellors and take direction from their chancellor. University of California campus chancellors vet theircampus police protocols. Chancellors are knowledgeable that pepper spray anduse of batons are included in their campus police protocols.

Chancellor Birgeneau’s campus police use batons on his students. UC BerkeleyChancellor Birgeneau and UC Davis Chancellor are in dereliction of theirduties.

UC Berkeley Chancellor Birgeneau and UC Davis Chancellor need to quit or be

fired for permitting the brutal outrages on students protesting tuitionincreases

and student debt

Opinions? Email the UC Board of Regents marsha.kelman@ucop.edu

WalterIII
WalterIII

OK this Michael Drake guy is a total dipshit piece of crap."We fully support student dissent on campus" is a VERY problematic statement. 

Why don't we ask the Irvine 11 Muslim students about that. I SURE AS HELL bet they are pissed off seeing all these spoiled white brats interrupting meetings all day long without repercussion. 

I am appalled by Drake's ridiculous statement. Hypocrisy "is a value we must protect with vigilance." 

Matt, can you please do a story on the Irvine 11's reaction to this total BS, my brotha?

perspective2
perspective2

Hold UC Berkeley Chancellor Birgeneau responsible for brutal use of batons on students.

CampusUCPD report to chancellors and take direction from their chancellor. University of California campus chancellors vet theircampus police protocols. Chancellors knowledgeable that pepper spray and use ofbatons included in their campus police protocols.

UC Berkeley Chancellor Birgeneau and UC Davis Chancellor are in dereliction

of their duties.

UC Berkeley Chancellor Birgeneau and UC Davis Chancellor need to quit or be

fired for permitting the brutal outrages on students protesting tuition increases

and student debt

Opinions? Email the UC Board of Regents marsha.kelman@ucop.edu

john
john

The 909 area code is quite possibly the most incredible area code of all the world!  The people there are so fantastically bright they are mostly bald, due to their hair burning off!  Superheated brains, you see!They also have extensive troll farms that crank out pure-breed trolls, each with award-winning troll characteristics.  'Jeff' is a perfect example of the sheer excellence of both the 909 area code, and the remarkable troll hatcheries  in that area.

PatrickR
PatrickR

Drake is like all the other spineless UC Administrators who hide out in their ivory towers and leave the dirty work to the Cops.  Fortunately, for Drake all the protest students at UCI are wantabees and not real professionals like at Berkley, San Francisco or even Davis.  With a little luck, perhaps the UCI movement will get some outside help and they will crash Chancellor Drake's Office and rip it apart while the campus Cops are standing by watching.  Then Drake can explain to the taxpayers why they should spend money having his office redone.  God save us from the academic community who live in a different universe from the rest of us.   

perspective2
perspective2

Chancellor violence on their students:Fire UC Berkeley Chancellor Birgeneau and UC Davis Chancellor.Further

Nobody’s perfect, but somehigher education chancellors are much less perfect as stewards of public funds thanothers. University of California Berkeley Chancellor Birgeneau($450,000 salary) has forgotten he is a steward of public money, not overseerof his own fiefdom.

 

UC Chancellor Birgeneau doesnot have a grip on financial realities. Trust the evidence.

Pays ex Michigan governor$300,000 for lectures

Tuition increasesexceed national average rate of increase.       

University accrues $150 million ofinefficiencies over his 8 year reign

Recruits (usingCaliforniatax $) foreign students who pay $50,600 and displace qualified Californians.

Spends$7,000,000 + for consultants to do the work of senior Cal. management.      

(Prominent East Coast University accomplishes same 0 cost).

 In procuring $3,000,000 consultants failed to receiveproposals from other firms.

Latinoenrollment drops out of state jump 2010(Krupnick Contra Costa Times).

Best in nation rank: # 70 Forbes.

Academic rank: QS academic falls below top ten.

Tuition to Return on Investment drops belowtop10.

Cal now is most expensive public university.

NCAA: absencesenior management oversight, basketball program on probation.

 

It’sall shameful. There is no justification for such irregularities by a steward ofthe public trust. If UC chancellors don’t understand financial stewardship theyhave no business in a public office. 

 

Chancellor Birgeneau’s self-indulgentpractices continue onto violence against students protesting increases intuition. University of California Boardof Regents Chair Sherry Lansing must vigorously enforce oversight of Birgeneau.Only then will confidence of Alumni, donors, legislators, Californians return.

 

(Myagenda is transparency. I have 35 years’ consulting experience; have taught atUC Berkeley, where I observed the culture & the way senior management works.No, I was not fired or downsized & have not solicited contracts from UC/Cal).

 

Yours is the opinion thatcan make the difference, email UC Board of Regents    marsha.kelman@ucop.edu

909Jeff
909Jeff

"Due to perceived threats of violence and vandalism, the board is meeting via teleconference"And then you wonder why the cops are pepper spraying people.  

But this is also a chicken shit move by the board to not face their critics and the taxpayers

HeSaid1
HeSaid1

And yet the Regents backed AB 131, giving Illegal Aliens $40 Million of Legal Students’ State aid and further impacting education budget with no ROI (return on investment). This will only become larger every year. Say goodbye to YOUR higher education. Sorry if the truth hurts. :(

perspective2
perspective2

UCPD report to and take direction from campus chancellors: Fire UC Berkeley Chancellor Birgeneau, NOW! 

Every qualified California studentshould get a place in University of California(UC) system. That's a desirablegoal for a public university. However, UC Berkeley Chancellor Robert Birgeneaudisplaces Californians qualified for education at Cal. with $50,600 tuition Foreigners.

Paying more is not abetter education. UC tuition increases exceed the national average rate ofincrease. The UC Board Of Regents jeopardizes Californians attending highereducation by making UC the most expensive public university.

Self-servingtuition increases are used by UC President Mark Yudof to increase the pay of80,000 eligible faculty & others. Payoffs like these point to higheroperating costs and still higher tuition for Californians. Instate tuition consumes 14% of Ca. Median FamilyIncome! UC is hijacking our kids’ futures: student debt.

I agree that faculty in highereducation and senior management, like Yudof and Birgeneau, should consider thestudents' welfare & put it high on their values.

Deeds unfortunately do not bearout the students' welfare values of UC Berkeley Birgeneau’s senior managementand the UC Board of Regents.

Opinions to UC Board of Regents,email    marsha.kelman@ucop.edu

909Jeff
909Jeff

"Free speech is part of the DNA of this university, and non-violent protest has long been central to our history," he says in a statement issued Sunday. "It is a value we must protect with vigilance.Hey Douchebag, Free speech has a time and place and no one was pepper sprayed for what they said but the dumbass manner with which they chose to do it.  When you are 1) Part of an unlawful assembly 2) Refusing to comply with a lawful order 3) Obstruction. 

Your gonna catch an ass whipping!

Now I'm no UC grad I went to an Inferior Cal State but apparently they teach common sense where I went to school so let me help you out.

Easy way not to get pepper sprayed...

Show up with your construction paper and crayons,  Make a poster, Yell real loud about shit you probably dont know much about.  When the cops come be respectful and follow their orders to disperse. 

Zot in your face
Zot in your face

I went to UCI specifically to avoid noisy, politically opinionated, obnoxious protests like this. Posting this from the Ayala library right now. Looking forward to spending my thanksgiving break studying my ass off.

Some of you blowhards like to squander your shrinking financial aid and parent's money on weed and overpriced tacos from a Kogi truck, but we like to actually learn useful things.

Jaredswilliams
Jaredswilliams

If campus authority that hire campus police say what goes, that's what goes dude.  

tylerh
tylerh

Remember those crowds in Tehran two years ago? illegal.

Remember those crowds in  Cairo?  illegal

Mindlessly obeying any "lawful" order is for the cowardly, the dim, and those unworthy of being called Citizen.

Maybe you should have  paid an little more attention during your time at Cal State, because Cal States do offer a  first-rate education to those who to try. For example, Cal States teach that  police in free societies  do not do "ass whippings" and"beat downs," but arrest people.  

Violent force against citizens is what defines a police state

jakepgh
jakepgh

Apparently they teach mindless obedience to authority. There were "good, obedient" people like you in Nazi Germany, too.

PatrickR
PatrickR

At UCI, very likely around 90% of the students are of the same mind set as yourself.  Still there is the 10% who give everyone a black eye.  Perhaps with the tough financial times, the colleges and universities will apply tougher entry standards to weed out the people not there to get an education.  Good luck with your studies.   

909Jeff
909Jeff

You're absolutely right... He who writes the check makes the rules... Dont make him right.

PatrickR
PatrickR

tyler, get a grip on it.  "ass whippings and beat downs" are just slang terms, mostly from movies and TV.  I don't know any real Cops who remotely talk or think that way.  You are correct on the excellent education at the Cal State schools and I am a graduate of one myself.  It might be interesting to note that 90% of a Police Officer's job is focused on service to the client (citizen) and only 10% deals with making arrests.  Of that 90% a considerable amount is now spent in Community Policing work, building a partnership between the Police and the Community.  There are times where force must be used against certain citizens in response to their own acts of violence, but we are far from anything close to a "Police State" in this country.    

909Jeff
909Jeff

"Mindlessly obeying any "lawful" order is for the cowardly, the dim, and those unworthy of being called Citizen." 

Where did you get his crap from? 

My Man, have you ever been to any of those places you speak of?  have you ever stepped foot in a country ran by a dictator or a Communist regime?  You have NO FUCKING CLUE how good you have it here in the United States... Because the difference is an all of those countries they will KILL YOU for pulling some little stunt like this. 

I never once said not to protest I never said not to "question authority"  there are ways of doing things that dont end up with you in jail or pepper sprayed and on message board crying like a victim because some people got a little hot sauce in their eye.  

Violent force against citizens is what defines a police state...  The escalation of force is proportionate. And those on the losing end seem to always cry foul.  

909Jeff
909Jeff

Yeah, Jake there sure was... 

Remember milk works best to get the sting out.  

Also in the future its usually best not to go straight to the Nazi card when you lack the skill set to formulate a rational argument.  But again Common sense probably isn't your strong suit huh?  Has anyone ever told you that fire is hot?    

  

909Jeff
909Jeff

It was meant as an example to show that you always arent entitled to the best...

Goatstein
Goatstein

It's very telling that the first example of acceptable food you care to mention is $30/lb crab and lobster. Do you only breathe the finest in prepackaged oxygen? Bathe in Fiji water? Wipe your ass with fresh hundred dollar bills? If you do, tell me what makes you think you're truly worth all that? Are you a fucking genie? Can you turn water into wine? What do you contribute to America?

909Jeff
909Jeff

I dont know what to tell you zach... Goods and services arent free... When you are hungry do you demand free food too? After all we all need to eat and its not fair that crab and lobster is 30 bucks a pound

949Zach
949Zach

If I get sick, I might as well just die since only people as wealthy as the King of Jordan can afford care. This is why Magic Johnson hasn't died of AIDS years ago. American citizens die of far more easily treatable conditions through no fault of their own, due to this. What good is the world's best medical care if only Saudi Sheiks, dignitaries, and dignitaries have access to it?

This is an abhorrent, sad state of affairs and no supposedly civilized first-world nation should ever stand for it.

909Jeff
909Jeff

It can only do my ego good to assume you were waiting for me to slip up... One subtle difference though.  I didn't come right out of the gate with the insults.  I waited until he had enough rope to hang himself then merely pointed out the obvious.  

Hypocrisy
Hypocrisy

909Jeff 21 hours ago in reply to jakepghWhy do you insist on taking personal shots it really does your argument no good. 

909Jeff
909Jeff

"the other thing I've learned while being abroad is that US health  "care" really, really sucks. But that is a different discussion"I would address your other points and regale you with tales of my travels abroad,  But this made me laugh out loud.  

Let me ask you...  

Why did a Canadian MP (member of parliament) Come to the U.S. last year for open heart surgery?  What not use that Awesome socialized health care system? 

Why did the king of Jordan seek cancer treatment in the United States at the Mayo clinic? Surly he could of sought treatment in Europe? 

The Saudi Sheikh had spine surgery at NY Presbyterian,  NY is really far away from Riyadh? 

Why are all kinds of Foreign dignitaries and people of wealth coming to America for treatment?

Why are 8 of the top 10 hospitals world wide in the US? 

18 of the top 20 

33 of the top 50

49 of the top 100 

Is it because you're a socialist who thinks the world and everyone in it owes you something? You have exposed yourself as a patsy for the left... their little lap dog... You do as you're told and regurgitate their socialist mantras... And you have the stones to say that  I mindlessly obey authority. 

 

tylerh
tylerh

"My Man, have you ever been to any of those places you speak of?  "

I've  watched  a death squad fetch their morning coffee.

What I have learned living in three different foreign countries [*], including a dictatorship, is that there  are ALWAYS apologists for the authorities.

We have it better in the US not because of the apologists for power, but because of those wiling to peacefully stand up (or sit down) for what they believe is right.

"the difference is an all of those countries they will KILL YOU for pulling some little stunt like this."

WRONG.

I watched a old woman pull PRECISELY this "stunt" in Hanoi.  The authorities dealt with her, oh yes, but not with bullets or  pepper spray.

[*] the other thing I've learned while being abroad is that US health  "care" really, really sucks. But that is a different discussion

qdpsteve
qdpsteve

909, no worries. It's in the official OCWeekly "How to Argue with Conservatives" Manual:

1. Call your opponent a Hitler-worshipping Nazi.2. Call your opponent a Hitler-worshipping Nazi.3. If Rule #2 doesn't work, go to Rule #1.

;-)

909Jeff
909Jeff

Why do you insist on taking personal shots it really does your argument no good. 

I'm a sheeple... I'm a guppy... I defer to authority... Whatever.

I also don't misquote the constitution and get pepper sprayed on national tv.  And at what point did i ever defend the cops?  if the cops do something wrong they should be held to account.  But don't sit there and play the victim when its the protesters who were clearly in the wrong. 

jakepgh
jakepgh

Since you seem so ready to defer to authority, how about this one:  In 2002, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals ruled in "Headwaters Forest Defense v County of Humboldt" that "....the use of pepper spray on the protestors' eyes and faces was plainly in excess of the force necessary under the circumstances, and no reasonable officer could have concluded otherwise." This ruling means that the UC Davis cops (or the University, or Chancellor Katehi??) get no immunity against criminal prosecution or civil action.

There is NO legal basis for blaming the passive protesters.

Read the Court's opinion at:http://caselaw.findlaw.com/us-...

909Jeff
909Jeff

I can see its going to be a fun afternoon with you youngsters!

in order to assemble you are required to obtain a permit... said permit will have hours that you're allowed to hold your little pity party.  When those hours are up the police can then declare it "Unlawful" and ask the crowd to disperse.  Also if he police determine that there is imminent threat to the safety and welfare of others they can declare the assembly "Unlawful" and request the crowd to disperse.   

When the crowd then fails to disperse an escalation of force ensues to make sure you comply with the request. 

 When the police are trying to do their jobs and you interfere you are obstructing. And yes by sitting on the ground in an attempt to be a barrier you are committing a crime.   

I'm not sure what Constitutional basis you can still stand on.  We addressed the right to assemble and we addressed that the right to free speech is not being violated.   

Think before I speak?  Balls in your court. I await your response breathlessly! 

Bigjubal
Bigjubal

1.) It was a lawfull assembly and they had the constitutional right to be there2.) The campus cops had no right to even try and remove them so the cops orders were unlawfull not the students refusal to comply, (the cops were there to remove tents, not people)3.) The propesters sitting on the ground were not obstructing the cops from removing tents

Think before you speak Jeff

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