UC Davis Occupy Pepper Spraying Report Will Become Public, Judge Rules

It appears that more light will be shed on one of the most controversial episodes of police response to Occupy protests across the country last fall, after a judge ruled that an independent report on the pepper-spraying of peaceful protesters by a UC Davis campus police officer can be made public.

The Nov. 18 incident was caught on videotape (view above), prompting nationwide outrage and briefly rejuvenating the flagging Occupy movement. It was also called "horrific" and "a disaster" by UC Davis Chancellor Linda Katehi, who insisted she had ordered campus police to deal with demonstrators without resorting to force.

In the aftermath of the incident, school officials commissioned an independent study of what happened. Campus police sought to have the report blocked after it was completed, arguing that it violated officers' privacy. But Alameda County Superior Court Judge Evelio Grillo has issued a tentative ruling asserting that such concerns are misplaced, and that university officials have a right to "disclose and discuss" the report's findings with the public.

He stayed his order, however, giving attorneys for campus police until April 2 to appeal.

Here is a copy of the ruling that KQED has posted online.

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Is Pike back on duty or being paid in any way at this point?  Why hasn't he been arrested for assault?

Christopher Neal
Christopher Neal

Buncha pussies at Davis-using pepper spray is a non-violent response.


Morerecently, UC Berkeley Chancellor Birgeneau’s campus police deployed excessiveforce -  violent baton jabs -  on Cal.students protesting Birgeneau’s doubling of tuition. Tough choices must bemade: the sky will not fall when Birgeneau and his $450,000 salary are ousted. Opinionsmake a difference; email UC Board of Regents  marsha.kelman@ucop.edu

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