Caught on tape: UC cops assault faculty member
(Richard Brenneman) In our much-read post yesterday, we wrote of the arrest of UC Berkeley professor Celeste Langan during her participation in Wednesday Occupy Cal protest outside Sproul Hall.
Today we have a very disturbing video of her mistreatment and arrest by UC Berkeley Police.
Watch in this video from vlogger MilesMathew. At about the 12-second mark she is standing on the left of the video and is first singled out, then grabbed by the hair and pulled to the ground, where a clutch of officers then binds her with plastic cuffs.
We were directed to the video by a fellow professor, who writes:
What I see in that video matches exactly the description Prof Langan gave to our faculty gathering at Sather Gate yesterday at 11 am: she described how she had offered her wrists to be handcuffed once she realized the police intended to arrest her, but instead was held and dragged by the hair. I saw Prof Langan just before these events happened, and I can recognize her clothing, her hair and her characteristic dark glasses.
I join my voice to the many among the faculty who demand an account from the administration on the pre-ordained violence that led to the abusive mistreatment of a colleague. If this does not produce the outrage among us that I think it should, I do not know what will.