Police attack UC Berkeley students with batons. {Video}

Via Waylon Lewis
on Nov 11, 2011
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“Those who make peaceful revolution impossible will make violent revolution inevitable.” ~ JFK
Bad Quote of the Day:

UC police Capt. Margo Bennett on Occupy UC Berkeley:

“The individuals who linked arms and actively resisted, that in itself is an act of violence…I understand that many students may not think that, but linking arms in a human chain when ordered to step aside is not a nonviolent protest.”


One of countless commonsense replies:

“It’s violent to link arms & not touch the police, but it’s not considered violent to beat people with weapons who have their arms linked!”

Sad, unbelievable response from UC Berkeley’s Chancellor.


Want to do something about the baton-attack at UC Berkeley? Here’s how:

Via Reddit:

Guys, you can file an official complaint by going here. If you’re too lazy to click the link, I’ve provided the Chief of Police’s contact info below, which should be a lot more effective than emailing the idiotic captain bennett (hopefully). Of course, if you’d like to email the captain anyway I have provided her contact info as well.

TL;DR Email the people above to file your complaint.


This is what I emailed to the Police Chief. Use this as a template, or however else you wish.

To all who this may concern,

As you probably know by now, several videos of Occupy Berkeley have gone viral, many of which show brutal and excessive force against students. For your reference, here is one of those videos: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=buovLQ9qyWQ&feature=channel_video_title

I am also aware that Captain Margo Bennett has released a statement, saying that “linking arms…in itself is an act of violence.” I would strongly urge the Captain to revise such a statement. If linking arms is considered a violent protest and is punished as such, there will be no incentive to stop people from using actual violence in future protests.

Even if by some means this was considered “violent,” such excessive force by the police was not necessary. The students were linking arms, which inherently interferes with one’s capability to assault anybody in the first place, much less defend themselves from the police attacks.

Civil disobedience has been used throughout history to exercise change when other means of voicing opinions have failed to do so. Yet the Captain’s statement makes me fearful that we are slipping into a state where “those who make peaceful revolution impossible will make violent revolution inevitable.” I fear this hypocrisy where the police can be excused for using excessive force, but civilians get put away for the smallest protests. I fear this scenario happening in the United States: http://iowntheworld.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2011/01/Tiananmen-Square-.jpg

Please consider approaching Captain Margo Bennett about this matter. The captain’s statement makes me doubt as to whether she is fit to truly serve and protect her community.

Regards, [name]


About Waylon Lewis

Waylon Lewis, founder of elephant magazine, now elephantjournal.com & host of Walk the Talk Show with Waylon Lewis, is a 1st generation American Buddhist “Dharma Brat." Voted #1 in U.S. on twitter for #green two years running, Changemaker & Eco Ambassador by Treehugger, Green Hero by Discovery’s Planet Green, Best (!) Shameless Self-Promoter at Westword's Web Awards, Prominent Buddhist by Shambhala Sun, & 100 Most Influential People in Health & Fitness 2011 by "Greatist", Waylon is a mediocre climber, lazy yogi, 365-day bicycle commuter & best friend to Redford (his rescue hound). His aim: to bring the good news re: "the mindful life" beyond the choir & to all those who didn't know they gave a care. elephantjournal.com | His first book, Things I would like to do with You, is now available.


5 Responses to “Police attack UC Berkeley students with batons. {Video}”

  1. B. Fast says:

    OBAMA, where are you on this one??? This is a outrageous!!!!!! Rebuke that police force now!!

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