Request DA to Drop Charges Against Nov 9 Protestors

WHEREAS the Alameda County District Attorney has now indicted eight participants for their actions during protests on the Berkeley campus, including a UC Berkeley faculty member and several graduate students,

WHEREAS existing visual evidence and a detailed public analysis confirms that those now indicted by the Alameda County District Attorney were engaged in non-violent protest, or were victims of the use of force by police, or both,

WHEREAS UC President Mark Yudof responded to the November events on the UC Berkeley and Davis campuses by vowing “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,”

WHEREAS UC Berkeley Chancellor Robert J. Birgeneau responded to the November 9th police actions on the Berkeley campus by writing, “I sincerely apologize for the events of November 9 at UC Berkeley and extend my sympathies to any of you who suffered an injury during these protests,” a group that includes two of participants now indicted by Alameda County,

WHEREAS the Academic Senates of the Berkeley and Davis campuses have condemned police violence against non-violent protestors,

WHEREAS UC Davis Chancellor Linda Katehi responded to the November 20th incidents on her campus by asking the Yolo County District Attorney to drop any pending charges against students,

WHEREAS UC Berkeley Chancellor Birgeneau has granted amnesty to all November 9th participants in relation to Student Code of Conduct charges,

BE IT RESOLVED that UC Berkeley Chancellor Birgeneau request that the Alameda County District Attorney drop all charges against the eight indicted participants in the November 9th protests.
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