The four prostesters who were arrested on Berkeley's law campus yesterday were detained inside Professor Yoo's classroom, according to an email sent out to students regarding the situation this morning. The protesters had entered Yoo's Civil Procedure II class in a loud enough way to disturb all the surrounding classrooms, and had refused to leave after UC Police entered the fray.
Berkeley Law students received an email this morning, alerting them that the school will be working with UC Police in the coming days to develop a "strategy" to deal with the protesters, who vowed to return as long as Yoo is employed
The full email can be found after the jump.
From: Bob Berring <email@example.com>
Date: Tue, Aug 18, 2009 at 7:53 AM
Subject: The Class Disruption Yesterday
To: Students - All <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Cc: Marilyn Byrne <email@example.com>, Christopher Edley <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Yesterday afternoon, after a noisy rally on the West Terrace that was loud enough to impinge on the class in a nearby classroom, protesters who are opposed to Prof. Yoo's presence on the faculty entered the Law School with the purpose of disrupting Prof. Yoo's Civil Procedure II class. They were loud enough in the hallway to disturb classes in adjacent classrooms, and they then entered the Civ Pro II class in order to directly confront Prof. Yoo. The UC Police Department (UCPD) was on hand and order was restored, but arrests had to be made. Since the protesters vowed to return and repeat the actions when Prof. Yoo teaches, the Law School recognizes that it must deal with the situation. Preserving the integrity of the classroom and the learning experience is crucial. There are no simple solutions to a problem like this one. The Law School will work with the UCPD to develop a strategy that achieves the goal of allowing classes to carry on with the least possible amount of hassles, and with the smallest amount of interference in normal law school operations. Dean Edley is going to be sending out a statement of his views on this issue so that everyone is clear on the Law School's policy. We will keep you posted concerning any measures that will be implemented.