“An attack on one of us is an attack on all of us.”
One of the students who was arrested had a weapon. The second student was arrested for trying to prevent the police from arresting the first.
The College Fix reports:
UC-Berkeley student government demands suspensions of officers who arrested black students
The UC-Berkeley chapter Associated Students of the University of California is calling for the suspension of the campus cops who arrested a pair of black students in early March.
On March 8, two UCPD officers responded to a call of a person in possession of a taser. When one of the officers attempted to take the weapon, the individual, a student, resisted and a scuffle ensued with the other student attempting to intervene.
The Berkeley Black Student Union alleged racial profiling, saying in a press release the arrests necessitate “a larger discussion around police brutality, accountability, excessive force, and racial profiling tactics used by police globally and on this campus. An attack on one of us is an attack on all of us.”
Last Wednesday, UCPD Chief Margo Bennett spoke with the Associated Students in an attempt to assuage concerns about the arrests.
According to The Daily Californian, in response to a question about why the students were approached in the first place, Bennett noted weapons such as tasers are prohibited on campus. The student senators then passed a resolution calling for the officers’ suspension pending an “external” investigation.
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