November 14: Poet Robert Hass beaten by police

From the Democracy.org Web site: http://www.democracynow.org/2011/11/21/headlines#2

Former U.S. Poet Laureate and Wife Beaten by UC Berkeley Police During Occupy Protest


Robert Hass, the former poet laureate of the United States, has revealed that police recently beat him and his wife during an Occupy protest at the University of California, Berkeley. The 70-year-old Hass says his wife was shoved in the chest and knocked down by an officer shortly after speaking to a young officer about the importance of nonviolence. Moments later, an officer whacked Hass hard in the ribs twice and once across the forearm. Video from the protest shows the beatings occurred shortly after Hass urged police officers not to hurt the students

Robert Hass, UC Berkeley professor of poetry and poetics: "Use your head! Use your head! There’s no reason to hurt these people. There is no reason to hurt these people. Use your head! Nobody there wants to hurt you. They’re not going to hurt you."

Robert Hass is a professor of poetry and poetics at UC Berkeley. He served as poet laureate of the United States from 1995 to 1997. He was awarded the 2007 National Book Award and the 2008 Pulitzer Prize.


This event was first (to my knowledge) reported on November 14th in Berkeleyside, in their online journal. Then they had a piece on November 21st linked here:

And Robert Hass wrote an opinion piece for The New York Times on November 19th, linked here:



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