Late last week we reported that UCPD showed up to a recent graduate’s home the morning after the Regents’ meeting. This individual had been maced multiple times last Wednesday at UCSF. Pepper spray still in his eyes, he gave a relatively lengthy interview to KTVU. UCPD showed up the next morning, informing him that they were not there in an official capacity, but instead to let him know that officers on every UC campus now know his face.
An egregious overstep immediately following a perceived threat? If only. These pigs have the audacity to continue to threaten students and non-students alike. We have learned of at least two further incidents that have occurred within the last 24 hours. This morning UCPD officers showed up to the home of ASUC External Affairs Vice President Ricardo Gomez and asked the building manager to put them in touch with him. If you recall, Gomez was not only pepper sprayed and severely beaten last Wednesday — he was hit with such force in the face with a baton that he received a concussion — but was subsequently arrested and slapped with vague obstruction and resisting charges (along with a dozen others). UCPD then proceeded to phone Gomez and told him they wanted to interrogate him about the Regents’ meeting. We are thrilled to hear that Gomez refused to talk to these pigs.
But it doesn’t stop there. We have also learned that one of our dear comrades — not a UC student but a community college student very active in the anti-budget cuts movement — had UCSF pigs show up to his parents’ house in Berkeley this morning. Thankfully our comrade’s parents refused to divulge any information as to his whereabouts — he no longer lives there — and told them to leave.
We have also heard reports of two other students — one from UC Davis, another from UC Merced — being contacted at home by UCPD, but we will refrain from posting details until we have confirmed them. Is it a coincidence that every student who has been harassed at home by UCPD is an active student organizer and a student of color? We’d like to think otherwise, but granted that only one of them was actually arrested on Wednesday, it’s hard to come up with any other explanation than a blatant intimidation attempt.
If you are contacted by cops at home or on campus about anything regarding the Regents’ meeting or student activism, you do not need to tell them a damn thing. Tell these pigs that unless they have a warrant or want to arrest you on the spot to get the hell off your property. These illegal intimidation attempts are being documented, and the world is watching. The ACLU has already condemned the student conduct process and UCPD stifling of free speech at Berkeley, and we suspect it won’t be long until they pick this up. Until then, know your rights. Tell these pigs to get off your property. Do not talk to them under any circumstances. You have the right to remain silent; don’t forget it. Contact Berkeley Copwatch to learn how you can document these illegal tactics most effectively.
It’s a real shame that we need to devote energy and resources to the coercive arm of the state when our real aim should be directly combating fee hikes and exploitation of workers in the name of austerity, but it’s a necessity in the meantime. We do not advocate antagonizing the cops as an end in itself, but always in the context of their relation to privatization at the barrel of a gun. Without this coercive apparatus, the state clearly can’t effectively rob us, forcing us to debt-finance an education that won’t help us actually gain steady employment. Therefore we need to expose these UCPD pigs’ violent project of intimidation as best we can.
Pigs off our campuses! We are students, not criminals!
We demand a full investigation of this harassment of students and non-students alike!
Fire Kemper! Why is he still harassing students on UC campuses?