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UC Berkeley police were not required to use the student toilets during Milo protest: officer

University of California at Berkeley police guard the building where Breitbart News editor Milo Yiannopoulos was to speak Wednesday, Feb. 1, 2017, in Berkeley, California. A small group of people with their faces covered, broke windows, threw fireworks at the police and threw smoke bombs, ask UC Berkeley officials to cancel Yiannopoulos talk.

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A University of California at Berkeley Police representative said officers endured “degrading and bullying” when they were told not to use the public toilets during a demonstration on the campus, because their presence was “shocking” students.

The limited liability UCPD security patrol officer, 25 years of the campus community, sent e-mail to UCB Chancellor Carol Christ last September — middle-right provocateur Milo Yiannopoulos’ 2017 at the latest, on the campus saying that he has “never been treated with such a lack of respect and contempt,” according to a document obtained by Young America’s Foundation (YAF) public-records request.

The officer said apart from violating the law, the limit of the police and employees of the use of a public toilet, in a publicly accessible building is unconscionable.”

A fire set by demonstrators protesting against a planned speaking appearance by Milo Yiannopoulos burns on Sproul Plaza at the University of California, Berkeley campus, Feb. 1, 2017.

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“How can we foster a sense of community policing to the campus community, we work hard to protect, has such contempt for us as fellow human beings who would deny us a basic human function,” he wrote. “If we treated a member of the campus community in this way, we would certainly be held responsible, and rightly so.”

The demoralized officer ended his letter with a plea: “I’m not looking for a person or person to be held accountable for this incident, but an understanding that we are people and that we look forward to the day that we are included in the campus community.”

A fire set by demonstrators protesting against a planned speaking appearance by Milo Yiannopoulos burns on Sproul Plaza at the University of California, Berkeley campus, Feb. 1, 2017.

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Dan Mogulof, a UC Berkeley spokesman confirmed the incident with Fox News.

“Some students have express their concern about uniformed officers use of toilets in the student center building, and the campus police department (UCPD) was aware of their request,” Mogulof said. “While UCPD command staff to understand that the presence of the police can be annoying for some, they made it clear that complying with the request would not be possible, given the number of police presence on the campus during the day in question.”

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Mogulof said the school is doing its best to promote understanding and avoid unnecessary conflicts.

“We have nothing but the deepest respect and appreciation for the law enforcement officials who work hard to keep the community safe.

“At the same time, the campus administration and the UCPD are aware that the exceptional number of extra staff we needed at that time to maintain our coupled commitments to Freedom of Expression and safety was alarming.”

Mogulof called Yiannopolos ” event “the most expensive photograph in the university’s history”, which the administration said would cost the school $800,000. Meanwhile Antifa protesters and students protested when the conservative commentator Ben Shapiro, an appearance, costs the school another $600,000.

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YAF spokesman Spencer Brown, told Fox News Berkeley’s actions his students to distrust the police, instead of preparing them for the real world.

Mogulof called Yiannopolos’ (see photos) the event “the most expensive photograph in the university’s history”, which the administration said would cost the school $800,000

“Berkeley is the treatment of the police officers as second-class citizens, giving preferential treatment to the seemingly vulnerable students and a lack of respect for the people that protect them against the likes of Antifa,” Brown said. “Not only has the UC Berkeley respected its officers by putting them in harm’s way, without allowing them to do their work via a stand-down order during the campus protests, but they have now disgracefully told officials that they can’t use the same bathroom as students.”

Berkeley was a series of protests last year after the speakers, as Yiannopoulos and conservative commentator Ben Shapiro made appearances on the campus.

Caleb Parke is an associate editor for FoxNews.com. You can follow him on Twitter @calebparke

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