Breaking News: Cops Caught On Video Beating Berkeley Students

In something that might have been reminiscent of the 60s, Berkeley police in riot gear beat several protesters with their night sticks. The video shows the protesters keeping their arms at their sides or locking them, in a show of passive resistance, while chanting, “Stop beating students!”

Video here:

The Mercury News chronicled the events in Berkeley:


9:51 p.m. Crowd continues to grow as police clear lawn

UC police are facing off against a crowd of about 1,000 demonstrators. Lots of police cars are driving up Telegraph Avenue. The lawn is cleared of people and tents.

9:42 p.m. Police rip down tents, order dispersal of crowd

Campus police have ripped down the tents and ordered all the protesters off the grass. Three men were led off in handcuffs. Protesters are chanting “Shame, shame, shame.”

9:35 p.m. Police move toward crowd to confront protesters

Three dozen officers in riot gear are surrounding the plaza. Some engaged in a brief tussle with a few protesters. Demonstrators are chanting, “Stop beating students.”

9:20 p.m. Crowd begins to form human wall around tents

More than 300 people have started forming a human wall, about three people deep. Stretching about 30 yards wide, the crowd is chanting, “Need more people” and “Join us.” They are protecting the tents in front of Sproul Hall. No police have moved toward the group.

There appeared to be no injuries.