Berkeley Police Allowed to Use Pepper Spray on Violent Protesters in New Ruling

Members of the Berkeley City Council voted 6-3 Tuesday in favor of allowing police officers to use pepper spray on violent demonstrators, overturning a 20-year ban on its use during protests. Police Chief Andrew Greenwood requested the ban reversal with a 26-page memo to the City Council, citing four incidents that took place in recent months, during which large, coordinated groups of This article originally appeared on www.rollingstone.com: Berkeley Police Allowed to Use Pepper Spray on Violent Protesters in New Ruling

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