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UC Police: Don't Need A Reason
by Citch Melaya
Monday Nov 29th, 2010 12:12 AM
Student protesters have been visited at their homes by UC police, including Detective Wade McAdams who is UC Berkeley's liaison to the Department of Homeland Security. The UC police fully admit that these visits have been taking place without reason and provocation. How long before the police start raiding Berkeley student dorms and co-ops without reason? The following is a transcription of a conversation with a UC Berkeley student protester and two members of the UC Berkeley Police Department outside of a student meeting on campus. (There are two short cuts in the tape to remove names and voices of individuals present at the scene.)
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STUDENT: It's basically... they are making hard for any individual to actually...

OFFICER ARANAS: (To camera)(Interjecting) Can we talk over here?!

UNKNOWN OFFICER: (Grabs camera, waving it around as if it is a gun)

STUDENT: Yeah, I know you have your camera.

OFFICER ARANAS: Your buddy is over... uh... scrutinizing things. We're trying to have a conversation. We're having a conversation with this gentleman who happens to be a good friend of ours.

UNKNOWN OFFICER: Having a conversation...

OFFICER ARANAS: So we would appreciate it.

STUDENT: So beyond the individual... like... who you are as an individual in that respect...

UNKNOWN OFFICER: (Still holding camera) We're done. We're done.

STUDENT: What?

UNKNOWN OFFICER: If we're not having an honest...

STUDENT: We're talking. I don't care about their camera or your camera. I knew you had a camera on you the whole time.

OFFICER ARANAS: (Getting more agitated) Be considerate. We are having a conversation here. Can we have a conversation with this gentleman?

UNKNOWN OFFICER; Yeah, that's ridiculous.

STUDENT: (To Unknown Officer) Here's another thing... your camera, I have no idea when you turn it on or off, because there's no indication.

UNKNOWN OFFICER: (Slyly) I'll let you know...

STUDENT: I know, it's just that [Officer] Ruffin told me once that if a police officer feels that there is a call for...

OFFICER ARANAS: Are we investigating anything? Or are we just talking about...

STUDENT: Well, I've been harassed twice.

OFFICER ARANAS: (Tries to grab camera)(Laughs)(Fails to grab camera)

STUDENT: (Continuing after brief disruption) So you are aware that the UC PD has now twice... one last night (something)... was violating the rights of freedom of assembly... beyind that they came to my home this morning to harass me.

OFFICER ARANAS: Who did?

STUDENT: THE UC PD.

OFFICER ARANAS: Harassment is a subjective term.

UNKNOWN OFFICER: Which?

STUDENT: A detective.

OFFICER ARANAS: What action... what action did they do? I could say [the camera] is harassing me.

STUDENT: The fact that I had detectives coming to my home... to intimidate me on top of the intimidation from last night.

OFFICER ARANAS: What did they do that you didn't consent to?

STUDENT: They don't have a reason to come to me and talk to me when I haven't broken any...

OFFICER ARANAS: We don't need a reason. We don't need a reason.

STUDENT: Haven't broken any law...

OFFICER ARANAS: We don't need a reason.
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Thugs do NOT BELONG ON CAMPUSDavid RoknichWednesday Dec 1st, 2010 1:15 AM
2 cellphonesDavid RoknichWednesday Dec 1st, 2010 12:44 AM
addendum:STAY AWAY FROM PORK!Monday Nov 29th, 2010 8:40 PM
Addendum:STAY AWAY FROM PORK!Monday Nov 29th, 2010 8:02 PM
THE COPS ARE *NOT* YOUR FRIENDS.STAY AWAY FROM PORK!!Monday Nov 29th, 2010 7:50 PM
not totally sure...reclaim ucMonday Nov 29th, 2010 6:14 PM