A California judge is weighing whether to allow a lawsuit against UC Berkley school officials to proceed after a police crackdown on Occupy protesters.
The plaintiffs, a group of 29 protesters who say they were beaten and had their civil rights violated when campus police broke up their protest two years ago, are suing former University of California at Berkley Chancellor Robert Birgeneau, former Police Chief Mitch Celaya and six other school officials.
The lawsuit seeks $15 million in damages, half in general damages and half punitive damages.
Judge Yvonne Gonzales Rogers in federal district court in Oakland heard arguments from the plaintiffs' lawyer but questioned whether there was specific evidence to allow the suit to go forward against the former university leaders. Though Rogers did not rule on the matter Wednesday, the Oakland Tribune said she seemed skeptical the evidence plaintiffs produced met the standard for a civil suit.