010Ahh, December. Finals are over, students are heading home with Christmas cheer … and Occupy Berkeley protesters are still filming clashes with the police. If you thought the initial baton or pepper spray incidents were dramatic, you’ll probably want to see this. The video was taken a little after midnight on Thursday morning as police tried to keep protesters clear of a public works truck.

Protesters had been trying to jump onto the public works truck in order to retrieve their previously confiscated materials. They managed to pull out a duffle bag and traffic cone among other small things from the truck before the authorities got to them. The police then allegedly took severe means to keep the protesters at bay with their batons as several people could be seen with small cuts and bruises. read more »


What happens when occupiers’ attempts at putting up tents is thwarted by brutal police action?DSC02695

They come back stronger, louder and angrier, uniting across different movements. How? That’s right, you guessed it.

They put up even more tents.

Sproul Plaza, 10 p.m. — As the Clog surveys the excited and ecstatic scene post-Robert Reich lecture, we can’t help but wonder if this is the most charged atmosphere the school has seen in recents years. read more »


bicycle

If you thought you were somehow exempt from traffic laws, think again. Bikers should no longer expect that they the are least likely to hear a siren going off after them.

The Berkeley Police Department, fondly designated “the popo”, is cracking down on bikers, big time. They say it’s all about safety, and we say it’s all about money — and safety.

In the past year there have been read more »


dsc_0088-1.JPG

We hate to beat a dead horse (or a dead cause, as the case may be) but so long as people keep doing new stupid things, we’ll keep writing about them. As luck would have it, Friday was the culmination of a week’s worth of stup–er–Code Pink! (By the way, we officially recognize that we, like “The Daily Show“, are taking kind of a cheap shot here, but cut us some slack–we don’t have a whole country’s worth of idiocy to work with.)

Not even Jon Stewart could stop this indomitable bunch, and in honor of the fifth anniversary of the beginning of the war in Iraq they stepped up their game and set up a “green zone” outside the Marine recruiting center. Code Pink camped out last Sunday and bombarded the oppressors with Yoga, pot luck lunches, house plants, and eco-documentaries with what we’re assuming was eco-friendly popcorn. And yet, somehow, they still managed to get themselves arrested before the week was up. read more »


dsc_0002.jpg

UC Berkeley treated our resident Cal parakeet, “Fresh,” to quite a spectacle yesterday–and we’re not talking about the performers for Pilipino Cultural Night who were practicing a heartfelt rendition of Boyz II Men’s “End of the Road” on Dwinelle Plaza, directly across from his perch.

No, Fresh had a gang of angry supporters by his police-lined fences on Sunday afternoon. Among the riled up company was our favorite all-purpose protester, Zachary RunningWolf–tricked out in his usual impeccably-selected anti-American t-shirt.

read more »


Everyone’s favorite Treewok Village has a new addition: a chain-link fence the university ordered erected during the wee hours of this Wednesday morning.We were still asleep, and we’re sure the Save the Oaks people were, too, until construction crews started pounding in the fence posts. And we’d be pretty cranky, too, if someone woke us up that early and we hadn’t showered in nine months.As if the rubberneckers didn’t do enough to showcase the zoo animal performance art piece, the fence better defines what can only be described by us snarky individuals as the Nuclear-Free-Vegan-Save-the-Trees Zone. The zone is also free of supplies like, say, food, but as the Daily Cal reports, Zachary Running Wolf proposes a hunger strike, which seems like a pretty convenient solution to the supply-free problem.But the ever-so-timely construction (typical; it only took them a year) could prove to be more ominous, given that fences historically just delay the inevitable “peaceful” confrontation.Image Source: Skyler Reid, Daily CalBREAKING: POLICE ERECT FENCE AROUND UC BERKELEY TREE-SIT PROTEST [Daily Cal]


Berkeley Police have released sketches in relation to two sexual assaults that have occurred in the last month or so.

Last week, police issued a warning, telling the community to be on the lookout for a suspect or suspects in connection to two different incidents of assault that happened on the Southside in the last month.

The sketch on the left is of the suspect police are looking for in the Hillegass Avenue case. The sketch on the right is for the man police are looking for in the Haste Street incident.

If you have any information, police ask you to call either Berkeley police at 510-981-5900 or UCPD at 510-642-6760.

Image Source: Berkeley Police Department
Earlier: Police Issue Warning After Recent Assaults
Sketches Released In Berkeley Sexual Assault Cases [NBC11.com]


Police say that in the last month or so, two college-age women have been assaulted in the lobby of their apartment building. This has caused police to issue a warning for college-age women in the area to be on the watch.

The first incident occurred July 6 in an apartment building on the 2500 block of Hillegass Avenue. The second happened last week, also in an apartment building on the 2100 block of Haste Street.Police believe that the attacker may be the same in both cases.

The suspect in both cases is described as a black man in his late 20s to early 30s, approximately 6 feet tall, with medium shoulder-length dreadlocks.

If you have any information, police ask you to call either Berkeley police at 510-981-5900 or UCPD at 510-642-6760.

Recent Assaults on Southside Lead Police to Issue Warning [Daily Cal]
2 women raped near UC Berkeley within the past month [SF Gate]