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As UC Berkeley Investigates Police Brutality Against Students Protesting Fee Hikes

by via Democracy Now
Tuesday, November 24, 2009 :The University of California, Berkeley is investigating allegations of police brutality against students and workers protesting fee hikes and budget cuts last week. 40 students were arrested Friday night after campus police entered Wheeler Hall, which the students had taken over earlier in the day. The students were part of a statewide movement protesting the UC Board of Regents decision to raise tuition by 32 percent. Independent journalist Brandon Jourdan, who was embedded with the students inside the occupied building on Friday, files a report for Democracy Now!
The University of California, Berkeley is investigating allegations of police brutality against students and workers protesting fee hikes and budget cuts last week. The university also will request an independent investigation by the campus police review board.

Forty students were arrested Friday night after campus police entered Wheeler Hall, which the students had taken over earlier in the day. The students were part of a statewide movement protesting the UC Board of Regents decision to raise tuition by 32 percent. Students at UCLA, UC-Davis, UC Santa Cruz and San Francisco State also took over campus buildings last week.

On Monday, more than 200 students rallied at Wheeler Hall in Berkeley to protest against what they called overtly aggressive tactics by the police. Organizers say officers hit demonstrators with batons and fired rubber bullets.

Independent journalist Brandon Jourdan was embedded with the students inside the occupied building on Friday and filed this report for Democracy Now! from inside the takeover at Wheeler Hall.

Report from inside the student takeover of Wheeler Hall, report by independent journalist Brandon Jourdan and co-produced by David Martinez with additional footage from Josh Wolf and stills from Andrew Stern. Brandon Jourdan and Josh Wolf were both among the 40 who were arrested and charged with trespassing.

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