Protesters file suit against UC Berkeley for alleged police brutality

"Open University" Strike Held At UC Berkeley

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University of California, Berkeley students set up tents after a general assembly voted to again occupy campus as part of an 'open university' strike in solidarity with the Occupy Wall Street movement on November 15, 2011 in Berkeley, California. Teach-outs, workshops, public readings, and marches will culminate in an attempt to re-establish an Occupy Cal encampment that was shut down by police last week.

Two dozen protesters are suing UC Berkeley for alleged police brutality during a crackdown on protesters who tried to set up an Occupy camp on campus.

The lawsuit was filed Tuesday in federal court by 24 students and community members who say they were jabbed, clubbed and had their hair pulled by baton-wielding police on Nov. 9.

Occupy protesters clashed with the officers when the demonstrators pitched tents next to Berkeley's Sproul Plaza.

Widely circulated online videos of the confrontation led to community outrage, an apology from the chancellor and the launch of multiple investigations.

Campus spokeswoman Janet Gilmore says school officials had not seen the lawsuit Tuesday and could not comment on the specific allegations, but the university is committed a thorough investigation of the incident.

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