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Calif. Gov. Brown 'Seriously Concerned' About Force on Campus

November 29, 2011  | 

California's Gov. Jerry Brown has requested a formal review of the state's use-of-force training guidelines, following two confrontations between officers and demonstrators at university campuses.

In a letter to the Commission on Police Officer Standards and Training (P.O.S.T.), Gov. Brown wrote that he is "seriously concerned that the rules governing use of force ... are not well understood in the context of civil disobedience and various forms of public protest," reports the Daily Californian.

Brown cited the pepper-spraying of student demonstrators at University of California, Davis and the use of batons on demonstrators at University of California, Berkeley.

The commission has already begun an assessment of its training that will include a careful review of its crowd management and civil disobedience guidelines implemented in March 2003, said Karen Lozito, the commission's public information officer.

The commission is reviewing "training on all levels," Lozito told POLICE Magazine.

"We train them on the right way to use different weapons, different tools." Lozito said. "The policies of what's appropriate use and when, that's set by the agency."

The commission and its 16-member board of mostly gubernatorial appointees—15 members are appointed to three-year terms—provide guidance to chiefs and other law enforcement top executives.

Agencies must provide at least 664 hours of training to police recruits, including instruction on less-lethal weapons and chemical agents.

Tags: Campus Safety, Use-of-Force Policies, Training Standards


Comments (15)

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RICHARD @ 11/29/2011 5:45 PM

I HAVE YET TO HEAR ONE WORD FROM A POLICE OR GOVT. OFFICIAL CONDEMNING THE ACTIONS OF THE PROTESTERS. IS NOW LEGAL TO VIOLATE THE LAW AS LONG AS YOU CALL IT A PROTEST OR DEMONSTRATION.

Jack Betz @ 11/29/2011 6:14 PM

They call that moron moonbeam for a reason.

Sam Coulsey @ 11/29/2011 6:56 PM

What a politician! It's not the OFFICERS that misunderstand use of force!

JimVG @ 11/29/2011 7:30 PM

The next time one of these "regents" or College Administrators wants the protesters removed, let them do it themselves. They apparently know how to do it correctly. The cops should just stand by and evaluate. Later they can tell Admin they did not do it properly and fire them.

TripWire @ 11/29/2011 9:49 PM

Why isn't the Governor "seriously" concerned with those disgusting protesters crapping all over the place? Priorities Mr. Gov.... Priorities.

Morning Eagle @ 11/30/2011 2:35 AM

You go for it gov'nr. You obvdiously have about as much of a grasp on police operations as those idiot UC Davis profs that think they should be the ones to "investigate" the actions of the police instead of a former LAPD Chief.

jason @ 11/30/2011 4:41 AM

Well whats next if you want somebody to move give away a free car and tell them the first one to reach the car wins. When people refuse to move you have to make them move and pepper spray is alot better than being a cave man beating them unconscious and draging there body away.

Dan @ 11/30/2011 5:03 AM

Gov. Brown has no clue what the job of a police officer entails. He needs to get his head out of the sand and support law enforcement because it will be these same guys and women officers who will have to protect his (Brown's) ass when some group or individual decides to protest some of the wonderful CA. laws!

DK @ 11/30/2011 6:06 AM

Here we go again .... That California attitude that it must be the police's fault. I would suppose that if the protesters would have complied with the police that they wouldn't have been sprayed. But then again this happened in a different country.

tony kuklinski @ 11/30/2011 7:51 AM

next protest in california , the cops should show up with no guns, no batons, no pepper spray or tasers. or simply just not show up for the protest, let the animals tear the place to shreds.

Martyb @ 11/30/2011 8:36 AM

The "children of liberalism" protesting on our California University campuses are for the most part children of the "1%". They are a bunch of rich spoiled brats that never recieved the "Trips to the Woodshed & A** Whoopings" they richly deserved.

Most everyday working parents only dream of being able to send their kids to college.

The real sad part of Governor Moon Beam's call for a use of force review is the P.O.S.T. Board wil decide to change the training and law enforcement officers will pay the ultimate price for the decision to become "kinder & gentler" to those who break the law.

Rick @ 11/30/2011 8:40 AM

Ol Jerry doesn't understand that they were following a use of force policy. Usually a department places pepper spray on a level that equals disobeying a lawful order. If the officer said move and the protestor didn't move, the officer can legally pepper spray them. Ol Jerry wants to further restrict LEO's so socialists/communists can continue with their demonstrations for changing the government of this great nation.

DEADMAN @ 11/30/2011 3:29 PM

Next protest,prosecute these protesters with violations that could cause them to be kicked out of school,lose their grants and scholarships and make them ineligible to play in sports.Charge them with muliple counts of disorderly,civil disobedience,vandalism,vandalism to school or city/county/state property,conspiracy to commit,assault,assaulting a police officer,throw the book at them and articulate everything.Take their pictures and post them on facebook at police site.

John Carlin @ 12/1/2011 8:18 AM

You know guys that some times you just have to sit back call in sick and let the protesters do what they want then maybe the Gov. will say Please proctect us from these people. I agree with Tony.

crispianranger @ 12/1/2011 8:49 PM

What ever happened to the days when students went to university to LEARN something? Disrespect and cop-bashing are not what Uni should be encouraging!

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