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Thu Jan 10 2008 (Updated 01/13/08)
Police Attack Cop Watcher at Science Hill Tree-sit
Eyewitness Report of Police Attacking Two People at UCSC
a writes, "Last night [January 9th] 2 friends and I were walking from Kresge towards the science buildings when we heard screams...LOUD screams coming from the area of the tree sit. We ran as fast as we could towards them. We saw 2 cop cars, about six officers including 1 bike cop and two security guards. A woman was being dragged toward a squad car. We approached slowly, but were asking the cops to take it easy on her, it sounded like she was being hurt. When she kept screaming one friend and I walked closer to the area in which they were holding her. Three cops came toward us and aggressively asked us what we were doing there-then one cop pointed to my friend and yelled 'him!' All of a sudden one cop came from each side of him, and Mr Hughes came from behind and (three cops at once!) violently tackled my friend to the ground, pushing him face down onto the concrete. (my friend is around 5 feet tall and very small) The bike cop and the other cop braced him onto the ground with their knees in the small of his back while he screamed in pain. Officer Hughes approached me, got all up in my comfort bubble then staring right into my eyes with his back to my friend told me that my friend was resisting arrest. This was a gut wrenchingly violent arrest-my friend has no outstanding warrants or any cause whatsoever for arrest other than watching police activity." Read More

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