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Wednesday, November 17, 2010

University of California: Cop Who Pointed Gun at Crowd Did Nothing Wrong

Posted By on Wed, Nov 17, 2010 at 2:30 PM

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The University of California and the U.C. Police Department are claiming today that a police officer who pointed his gun at a large and unruly crowd was within his rights.

U.C. Office of the President communications director Lynn Tierney said UCSF Police Chief Pam Roskowski watched video of the incident -- which you can see here -- and "had no problem with" the officer's behavior.

"He was surrounded by 100 people, he was alone in the garage, they took his baton, and he feared for his safety," Tierney said of the officer.

Tierney claims the officer told authorities he heard members of the crowd saying "get his gun" during the melee. He was purportedly struck in the head by his own baton during this incident -- and the protester responsible has been booked for felony assault. Overall, at least 13 protesters were arrested today.

She adds that, during today's demonstrations, another cop was pulled over police barricades, and a third was hospitalized after being pushed down some stairs and kicked in the head.

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