berkeley campus police harrass non-violent english professor
A few days ago, participants in Occupy Berkeley were sturggling with the police when officers arrested a few people – after yanking them out of the crowd by their hair. One of them was English professor Celeste Langan. Not surprisingly, there’s been a huge outcry.
A few comments: This video, and others, illustrates a new era in the policing of protest. Now, basically any protest of significant size will likely be recorded by bystanders with smartphones. For example, when a protester was injured by Oakland police a few weeks ago, there was a video showing that the guy was just standing around. The immediate question is how the administration will deal. So far, badly. The long term question is how police departments will change in an age where everything is filmed.
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