Wednesday, November 23, 2011

"The office of the president should not be investigating itself in this matter, when one thing that needs to be investigated is what role the office had,"

not gonna fly
there's no legitimacy to it
it needs to be a real panel - (not the general counsel, a Cal favorite of UCOP, and Bratton)
it needs to be picked by the regents and students and faculty groups

Actually feel sad that Yudof can't see this or doesn't care to see was one thing he could have done- deferred to the other stakeholders to pick- in order to bring some stability and confidence in the admin back- but he blew it.

UC Faculty Group Decries Bill Bratton Leading Pepper Spray Probe UC faculty group decries Bill Bratton leading pepper spray probe
University of California faculty association says former L.A. Police Chief William Bratton, now a consultant, is the wrong choice to investigate the pepper spraying of UC Davis students.

"Some faculty, however, said that history is problematic.

"This is being led by a former cop who is charging a lot of money we don't have to spend and whose experience is not promoting free speech but figuring out efficient ways to deny free speech," said UC Irvine professor Mark LeVine, who is chairman of the faculty association at his campus. "There are a huge number of eminently qualified professors and scholars in house who could suggest outside people if need be and would have the trust of the majority of the university community.""

Just the optics of Bratton and the London debacle was enough to know this would not work.

and the pols see it too- this from St. Sen Leland Yee:
“While I applaud President Yudof’s action to conduct an ‘independent’ review, his plan ignores the insight, knowledge, and leadership of UC students. Students deserve more than just a seat on a panel; they should be integrally involved in this investigation and at the forefront of any effort to change campus police protocols and policies. Simply calling on ex-law enforcement officials and university executives doesn’t cut it.

While pushing this under the rug for 30 days may lessen the media attention, it doesn’t take that long to realize that there was police misconduct and a failure of administrative leadership. Requiring over a month to hold individuals accountable for a fiasco of this magnitude is unacceptable.”

UCSD-- a very cool mic check:

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