UC Education Rally Targets State Cuts, Then Cops

SF Weekly readers have grown accustomed to the all-consuming education cuts — and the protests, or what some might call mayhem, that go along with them.

But here is another layer to the budget cut story: Protesters who publicly railed against the state cuts and tuition hikes last year are now suing Oakland cops for arresting them during the March 4, 2010 demonstration against the UC system.

The claim, which was filed last week, states that during the protest at about 5 p.m., more than 200 people were marching south along Castro Street in Oakland when the group started walking up a long exit ramp from the freeway, with the cops behind them.

The group continued on the freeway against northbound traffic, and just before the marchers reached the Broadway exit, California Highway Patrol officers confronted them while Oakland police officers “charged into the crowd, swinging their clubs and tackling people from behind.”

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