University of California administrators should take more responsibility for controlling their police and police should be better trained to keep campus protests peaceful, says a new report from university officials quoted by the Contra Costa Times. The report was prepared after protests in November at UC Berkeley and Davis. Both protests drew criticism of police actions: jabbing protesters with batons at Berkeley and using pepper spray on passive protesters at Davis.
Among recommendations in the report by authors UC Berkeley Law Dean Christopher Edley Jr. and UC General Counsel Charles Robinson: Chancellors should be directly involved with police during demonstrations; campus police should rely on officers from other campuses instead of calling in support from outside law enforcement agencies. Using pepper spray is still up for debate. “We have a presumption against pepper spray,” Edley said. The report says it is not clear if pepper spray is more harmful than batons and Tasers.