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University of California President ‘Appalled’ by Police Brutality Against Student Protesters

In response to the recent pepper-spraying of University of California-Davis students and the beating of University of California-Berkeley students, University of California President Mark Yudof issued a strongly-worded statement today condemning the attacks on protesters:

I am appalled by images of University of California students being doused with pepper spray and jabbed with police batons on our campuses.

I intend to do everything in my power as president of this university to protect the rights of our students, faculty and staff to engage in non-violent protest.

Yudof added that he would take “immediate” action to convene all UC chancellors in order to “ensure proportional law enforcement response to non-violent protest,” noting that non-violent protest was “central” to the university’s DNA and history and that right to do so “must be proect[ed] with vigilance.”