Berkeley police get to use pepper spray at violent protests | WHAT REALLY HAPPENED


Berkeley police get to use pepper spray at violent protests

The Berkeley City Council on Tuesday gave police permission to use pepper spray to repel demonstrators attacking officers and others during violent protests of the kind that have repeatedly hit the city this year.

The 6-3 vote by the council came ahead of another planned speech Thursday at the University of California, Berkeley.

The city banned pepper spray in 1997 as a crowd-control weapon, though most law enforcement agencies permit officers to use it to disburse violent crowds, Berkeley police Chief Andrew Greenwood said.

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