The Berkeley City Council voted 6-3 Tuesday night to let police use pepper spray during demonstrations if protesters are violent.
Anyone violating these rules will be subject to citation and arrest.
Police are asking city officials to toss out a 1997 rule against the use of pepper spray during demonstrations so they can avoid using tools like tear gas and smoke.
Whole Foods closed Monday night after a security officer pepper-sprayed a would-be thief who brandished a knife, authorities report.
A police call in Berkeley to a domestic dispute led to a man being pepper-sprayed and arrested after punching a police sergeant twice in the face and biting another officer in the arm, authorities said this week.
Berkeley police officers used pepper spray to subdue a mentally ill man, described as belligerent and threatening, who refused to allow himself to be handcuffed, according to a document posted Friday on the city website.
A Berkeley Police officer used pepper spray to subdue a naked man covered with blood who wielded a glass shard and charged a firefighter in late March, according to a document posted on the city website Friday.