Berkeley Report Critiques Handling of Protest

June 17, 2010

The University of California at Berkeley on Wednesday released a report highly critical of its handling of a building takeover and related protests in November. The report finds that Berkeley officials were not prepared for the protests, that non-police leaders lacked key information they needed to make decisions, and that the administration did a poor job of communicating with students (especially those who were not involved in the building takeover). A statement from Robert J. Birgeneau, the chancellor, said: "We believe that the report’s finding should be sobering for us all; this was a difficult day for the entire community and there is no cause for anyone to find reasons for pride or pleasure in this document’s contents and conclusion. It portrays a situation of some confusion on the part of all parties: protesters, administration, and police and criticizes the administration and the police for not having foreseen and planned better, and for errors of implementation and failures of effective communication."

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