University of California President Mark Yudof Throws Down: New System-Wide Examination of Police Protocols

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So. now there’s this:

President Yudof launches initiatives to address policing and protests

 University of California President Mark G. Yudof moved on two fronts today (Tuesday, Nov. 22) to address policing issues in the wake of the pepper spraying of UC Davis students and other incidents involving law enforcement officers and protesters.

Acting in response to a written request from UC Davis Chancellor Linda P.B. Katehi, Yudof agreed to conduct a thorough review of the events of Nov. 18 on the Davis campus.

As a first step, Yudof reached out to former Los Angeles police chief William J. Bratton to undertake an independent fact-finding of the pepper spray incident and report back the results to him within 30 days.

Bratton, who also led the New York City police department, now heads the New York-based Kroll consulting company as chairman. He also is a renowned expert in progressive community policing.

“My intent,” Yudof said, “is to provide the Chancellor and the entire University of California community with an independent, unvarnished report about what happened at Davis.”

Assembly Speaker John A. Perez also had made a request to President Yudof and UC Regents Chair Sherry Lansing for an independent investigation.

Under the plan, Bratton’s report also will be presented to an advisory panel that Yudof is forming, again at Katehi’s request. The panel will consist of a cross-section of students, faculty, staff and other UC community members.

The advisory panel, whose members will be announced at a later date, will review the report and make recommendations to Chancellor Katehi on steps that should be taken to ensure the safety of peaceful protesters on campus. She will present her implementation plan to President Yudof.

On a second track, Yudof appointed UC General Counsel Charles Robinson and UC Berkeley School of Law Dean Christopher Edley Jr. to lead a system-wide examination of police protocols and policies as they apply to protests at all 10 UC campuses.

This effort will include visits to campuses for discussions with students, faculty and staff, and consultation with an array of experts.

The review is expected to result in recommended best practices for policing protests across the 10 UC campuses.

“With these actions,” Yudof said, “we are moving forward to identify what needs to be done to ensure the safety of students and others who engage in non-violent protests on UC campuses. The right to peaceful protest on all of our campuses must be protected.”

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2 Responses to “University of California President Mark Yudof Throws Down: New System-Wide Examination of Police Protocols”

  1. Milan Moravec says:

    Campus cops report to and take direction from campus chancellors. Honorably oust UC Davis and UC Berkeley Chancellor Birgeneau for apply violence to students protesting higher tuition.

    In addition….Nobody’s perfect, but some higher education chancellors are much less perfect as stewards of public funds than others. University of California Berkeley Chancellor Birgeneau ($450,000 salary) has forgotten he is a steward of public money, not overseer of his own fiefdom.

    UC Chancellor Birgeneau does not have a grip on financial realities. Trust the evidence.
    Pays ex Michigan governor $300,000 for lectures
    Tuition increases exceed national average rate of increase.
    University accrues $150 million of inefficiencies over his 8 year reign
    Recruits (using California tax $) foreign students who pay $50,600 and displace qualified Californians.
    Spends $7,000,000 + for consultants to do the work of senior Cal. management.
    (Prominent East Coast University accomplishes same 0 cost).
    In procuring $3,000,000 consultants failed to receive proposals from other firms.
    Latino enrollment drops out of state jump 2010(Krupnick Contra Costa Times).
    Best in nation rank: # 70 Forbes.
    Academic rank: QS academic falls below top ten.
    Tuition to Return on Investment drops below top10.
    Cal now is most expensive public university.
    NCAA: absence senior management oversight, basketball program on probation.

    It’s all shameful. There is no justification for such irregularities by a steward of the public trust. If UC chancellors don’t understand financial stewardship they have no business in a public office.

    Chancellor Birgeneau’s self-indulgent practices continue onto violence against students protesting increases in tuition. University of California Board of Regents Chair Sherry Lansing must vigorously enforce oversight of Birgeneau. Only then will confidence of Alumni, donors, legislators, Californians return.

    (My agenda is transparency. I have 35 years’ consulting experience; have taught at UC Berkeley, where I observed the culture & the way senior management works. No, I was not fired or downsized & have not solicited contracts from UC/Cal).

    Yours is the opinion that can make the difference, email UC Board of Regents marsha.kelman@ucop.edu

  2. Milan Moravec says:

    University of California campus chancellors vet campus police tactics. UCPD report to chancellors and take direction from their chancellor.

    UC Berkeley Chancellor Birgeneau and UC Davis Chancellor are in derelection of their duties.

    UC Berkeley Chancellor Birgeneau and UC Davis Chancellor need to quit or be fired for permitting the brutal outrage on students protesting tuition increases and student debt

    Opinions? Email the UC Board of Regents marsha.kelman@ucop.edu