On Wednesday night, Berkeley campus police clashed with Occupy Cal protesters. This is the second clash police have had with Occupy protesters in California’s East Bay starting with the Occupy Oakland protests. But why is California witnessing so much police brutality? The simple answer lies in Francis Pakes’ book Comparative Criminal Justice where he explains police culture, but the causes of police culture remain to be seen.
Sproul Plaza lies at one of four main entrances to the University of California, Berkeley. With protesters taking up most of the space, access to the south of campus would have been difficult.
Campus police stormed the plaza, tore down these tents, and arrested six students and one faculty member. An hour later, students had set up another encampment.
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