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UC police: 11 students among 13 arrested at regents meeting; 2 officers injured

November 17, 2010 |  1:52 pm

UC police said 13 people, including 11 students, were arrested Wednesday during protests in San Francisco outside a meeting of the UC regents. That was three fewer than they previously had reported.

UC San Francisco Police Chief Pamela Roskowski said the confrontation was potentially dangerous and defended the use of pepper spray against about 15 demonstrators.  She also confirmed that one UC officer had drawn his service revolver when he was rushed by a crowd of demonstrators, one of whom grabbed the officer’s baton and hit him with it, she said. That officer and one other were slightly injured in the incidents.  No shots were fired. 

Twelve people  were charged with obstructing a peace officer in his duties and one, a UC Merced student who allegedly grabbed the officer’s baton, was arrested for assault with a deadly weapon.

Students said the police used excessive force and that many of them were only trying to enter the building to hear the regents discuss higher fees and other matters.

-- Larry Gordon in San Francisco

Photo: Protesters break the line of University of California police officers at the garage entrance to the University of California Campus in San Francisco. (AP Photo/Bay Area News Group, Laura A. Oda)