As if holding students up at gunpoint wasn’t enough, UCPD is now amping its commitment to Mark Yudof’s plutocratic plan to dismantle public education by making house-calls to well-known rabble-rousing students.
As ThoseWhoAbuseIt report, UCPD’s selfless foot-soldiers of privatization have started going well beyond the call of duty (not to mention the law!!) by volunteering their own time to intimidate at least 6 students of color at home for having the gall to practice free speech:
Late last week we reported that [UCPD] showed up at a recent graduate’s home the morning after the Regents’ meeting. This individual had been maced multiple times last Wednesday at UCSF. Pepper spray still in his eyes, he gave a relatively lengthy interview to KTVU. UCPD showed up the next morning, informing him that they were not there in an official capacity, but instead to let him know that officers on every UC campus now know his face.
An egregious overstep immediately following a perceived threat? If only. These pigs have the audacity to continue to threaten students and non-students alike. We have learned of at least two further incidents that have occurred within the last 24 hours. This morning UCPD officers showed up to the home of ASUC External Affairs Vice President Ricardo Gomez and asked the building manager to put them in touch with him. If you recall, Gomez was not only pepper sprayed and severely beaten last Wednesday — he was hit with such force in the face with a baton that he received a concussion — but was subsequently arrested and slapped with vague obstruction and resisting charges (along with a dozen others). UCPD then proceeded to phone Gomez and told him they wanted to interrogate him about the Regents’ meeting. We are thrilled to hear that Gomez refused to talk to these pigs.
Is it a coincidence that every student who has been harassed at home by UCPD is an active student organizer and a student of color? We’d like to think otherwise, but granted that only one of them was actually arrested on Wednesday, it’s hard to come up with any other explanation than a blatant intimidation attempt.
Although the troublemaking Trotskyists at ThoseWhoAbuseIt sensationally describe this behavior as unbefitting of UCPD, we here at UCMeP like to think the glass is half full on this one.
In the spirit of the season, shouldn’t we all give thanks to these low-level bureaucrats with guns for donating their own time to serve the UC Regents and Mark Yudof? In such times of austerity when everyone but the upper echelon is having to tighten their belts, UCPD’s selfless service is something to be respected and emulated, not maligned and defamed.
And you can be sure that once UCMeP has the names, badge numbers, and personal e-mail addresses of those gun-waving paragons of public safety who are making these voluntary house-calls, we will pass them along so that you too can show your thanks.