Berkeley OKs pepper spray use by police

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The Berkeley City Council, fed up with violent protests in the city, agreed Tuesday to allow police to use pepper spray to subdue agitators. The council voted 6 to 3 to approve Chief Andrew Greenwood’s request to use the eye-burning spray for crowd control, overturning a 20-year ban on the use of pepper spray during protests The decision, at a special meeting Tuesday night, came in response to a 26-page memo by Greenwood that highlighted violent protests by right- and left- wing extremists at UC Berkeley and Martin Luther King Jr. Civic Center Park. The chief’s memo cited four recent event...

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