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Policy Response To Berkeley Occupiers Criticized

An independent report conducted by the University of California, Berkeley’s Police Review Board sharply criticized the heavy use of force by UC law enforcement personnel during the Occupy Wall Street protests on the campus last November.

The report found that officers deviated from normal campus policies and procedures when they used their batons against the protestors.

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Riot police using tear gas on 21 April 2001 against protestors at the Quebec City Summit of the Americas (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The report also states that university officials need to better explain when the use of force is appropriate and necessary.

According to the report, members of the committee were disturbed by the use of batons against the demonstrators as Berleley police officers tried to tear down the numerous encampments on campus.

Many demonstrators were injured as a result of the campus police raids.

Since the incident last November, university officials created the Protest Response Team and established guidelines for the newly formed group.

The guidelines outline how campus officials will handle future incidents. From now one, campus officials will be required to remain patient when responding to unlawful protests in an effort to avert potential injuries. Campus officials will also have to use discretion when evaluating a student demonstration. Responses will be based on the nature of the specific protest and its handling may differ from previous incidents.

There is no doubt that the heavy-handed tactics of Berkeley police and other law enforcement agencies during the height of the Occupy Movement was wrong. Many innocent people, who were exercising their First Amendment right to free speech, were injured because some officers used excessive force that bordered on police brutality.

For the most part, the Occupy Wall Street movement was relatively peaceful. The use of force was not necessary in most of the cases. Police officers simply overreacted because they didn’t know how to handle the demonstrators.

Even though police officers tried to restore their perception of order, they hurt a lot of innocent people as a result. If you or a loved one has ever been a victim of police misconduct, you may want to consider taking legal action. A personal injury lawyer can help you determine if seeking legal action is right for you. A qualified injury lawyer can help you receive monetary compensation for your injuries.