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The Legislature will hold a hearing next month to investigate the recent use of police force in response to protests on University of California campuses.

The joint hearing of the Assembly Higher Education Committee and Senate Education Committee will be held Wednesday, December 14, Assembly Speaker John A. Pérez announced today.

"Like most Californians, I have been absolutely appalled at some of the incidents that have taken place in recent days against peaceful protestors," Pérez said in a statement. "Students, parents and the public deserve to have answers to the myriad of troubling questions these incidents have raised."

Police at UC Berkeley jabbed protesters with batons two weeks ago, and video footage of police pepper-spraying seated protesters at UC Davis last week has been watched by millions of people worldwide. UC leaders responded yesterday by announcing they'll conduct a "thorough examination of police procedures, protocols and training," and the American Civil Liberties Union of Northern California is investigating the incidents.


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