Follow-up from incident on February 1

February 7, 2018

Dear campus community,

I am writing to provide an update regarding the events at Bancroft and Telegraph during a demonstration last Thursday, February 1.

UCPD Chief Margo Bennett has recommended, and I have accepted, that an independent, external organization be hired to conduct a review of last Thursday’s actions. We expect the review to help us understand how events unfolded and whether the actions of our officers were consistent with UCPD guidelines.

We believe Berkeley can and should maintain a positive relationship between our police force and the community it serves. Our goal is to be a campus where every student, faculty, and staff member feels safe, respected and welcome.

With that objective in mind, we intend to bring together a cross-section of our campus community for a broad conversation about how we can, together, support the right to lawful, peaceful assembly; uphold our Principles of Community; and foster better communication and understanding.

 

Sincerely,

Marc Fisher
Vice Chancellor for Administration

 

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