Friday Must Read: Man Fatally Shot Near Occupy Oakland; Experts Criticize Police Use of Force at Occupy Cal

Stories you shouldn’t miss:

1. A man was shot and killed near Occupy Oakland, but witness accounts vary as to whether the killing was related to the encampment in front of City Hall, the Trib reports. The shooting may have been related to a small fight that broke out earlier at the camp. But witnesses also said that the incident was unrelated to the camp and that medics from Occupy Oakland were the first to respond to the shooting victim while occupiers tried to break up a fight right before the killing. Mayor Jean Quan renewed her call for the tent city to disband voluntarily, while city council President Larry Reid said again that the occupiers should be forcibly removed.

2. Experts on police use of force criticized UC Berkeley police and Alameda County Sheriff’s deputies who clubbed demonstrators with batons as the protesters tried to establish an encampment at Cal, the Chron reports. The experts said the cops overreacted and their actions were unnecessary. UC police responded that they had no choice but to beat protesters because they had linked themselves arm-in-arm — a move that cops called “violent.” Civil liberties activists derided UC’s position as ridiculous.

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