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.

We agree.

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