San Francisco Chronicle, November 11, 2011 by Will Kane and Demian Bulwa
A review led by Wayne Brazil, a UC Berkeley law professor and retired federal magistrate judge, said the effort to push the crowd back a few feet was “incomprehensible” and “resulted in chaos, confusion and considerable violence.”
The Daily Californian, November 23, 2010 by Madeleine Key
“The law generally believes that the longer the period between an event and the examination of it, the more difficult it is to feel confident that the reviewing entity has understood accurately what happened,” Brazil said. “Documents are lost. Memories fade. These risks increase with the passage of time.”
The Daily Californian, November 16, 2010 by Alisha Azevedo
The need for improvements remains for the department, especially the way some officers interact with and interview witnesses, Brazil said…. “Some members of the board think there are attitudinal displays by officers that are not necessary, and we see those occasionally in our reports,” he said.
The Daily Californian, October 4, 2010 by Katie Nelson
According to Wayne Brazil, Police Review Board chair and UC Berkeley School of Law professor, there is only so much the campus can do to implement the recommendations prior to any future protests, and it would be unwise to make “pronouncements on the topic in advance” because the day’s events have yet to occur.
-Contra Costa Times, June 16, 2010 by Matt Krupnick
Brazil expressed frustration that virtually no students responded to his inquiries as he led the investigation. “We had a very hard time getting input from people on the front line,” he said…. (Students) just literally wouldn’t respond.”
-KTVU.com, Associated Press, June 16, 2010
“The police department was suffering from the same budget cuts that the protesters were protesting, and that hampered and hindered their response to those protests,” Brazil said.
-Berkeleyside, June 17, 2010 by Frances Dinkelspiel
“We were told by some students that they came down to the rally in the mid-afternoon or late afternoon because they didn’t want to go through four years of Berkeley without going to a demonstration,” said Brazil. “Most people were demonstrating out of a deep conviction and concern that the university was being privatized … and some were protesting to have it on their resume.”