UC Davis Officers Suspended Over Pepper Spray Incident

DAVIS (KCBS) – Two UC Davis police officers have been placed on administrative leave following their use of pepper spray in Friday’s arrest of 10 protesters on campus.

“I spoke with students this weekend, and I feel their outrage,” said UC Davis Chancellor Linda P. B. Katehi. “I have also heard from an overwhelming number of students, faculty, staff and alumni from around the country. I am deeply saddened that this happened on our campus, and as chancellor, I take full responsibility for the incident. However, I pledge to take the actions needed to ensure that this does not happen again. I feel very sorry for the harm our students were subjected to and I vow to work tirelessly to make the campus a more welcoming and safe place.”

KCBS’ Margie Shafer Reports:

Katehi has also accelerated the timetable for a task force to investigate the events surrounding the arrests. She has set a deadline of 30 days for the task force to issue its report. Katehi said the task force, which will include representatives of faculty, students and staff, will be chosen this week and convene immediately.

She said the university will also be holding a series of meetings and forums with students, faculty and staff to listen to their concerns and hear their ideas for restoring civil discourse to the campus.

Videos of Friday’s incident showed the two officers using pepper spray on peacefully seated students.

10 protesters were arrested Friday in connection with an overnight encampment of about 25 tents on the campus Quad. They were cited and released on misdemeanor charges of unlawful assembly and failure to disperse.

11 protesters were treated on site for the effects of the pepper spray, including two who were taken to a nearby hospital, where they were treated and released.

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  • Justin Goble

    i think the cops should of tazed them to . i also think its stupid to suspend the cops for pepper spraying . the occupy group is costing tax payers a lot of money . and the cost should be put back on each and every protester .

    • jacksprat

      I could give a rats a$$ how much it costs…you seem like a good candidate for a capsaicin enema

    • outraged

      I love you republicans support less government control, but when people decide to peacefully protest a cause that they don’t agree with suddenly the government should have the right to attack and brutalize them with no remorse. Anyone who says that military grade pepper spray is a harmless way of subduing protesters has obviously never experienced it.

    • Joshua Woods

      I wholeheartedly agree (minus the tazing). These protestors are costing tax payers because of the extra security needed to watch them. They are hurting business around their “camps”. They have made the dull point (if you can call it that). Go back home if you even have one…..

      • Thebes Kallisti

        It is the POLICE who feel it “necessary” to spend all that damned money. If you have a problem with it, please tell THEM rather than blaming the victims of Corporatism run amok.

        By your logic, any time a POLICE STATE attacks, its the fault of those being attacked. Do you also defend Egypt because of all the money THEY spent?????

      • D

        Who asked them to watch them? Stop blaming yourself. What were they doing wrong at Davis in the first place? Don’t associate the Oakland protests with those at UC campuses. So far the only violence that has happened has been provoked by the police.

  • Al Chico

    Protest is good. But when protesting interfers with the right of others using spray and Rubber Bullets sounds OK with me. People that don’t want to protest have rights too.

    • No1Liberal

      Where and when did the protestors interfere with the rights of others, Chico.

    • jacksprat

      with your mentality I wonder where this country would be if not for the people who stood up to face a corrupt system…a system that once segregated blacks and whites. could it be because Chico doesn’t have a backbone?

    • Thebes Kallisti

      Summary extra-legal punishment with potentially deadly weapons sounds OK with you????
      What nation were you raised in?

    • http://leadbyexamplenotbyforce.wordpress.com antisecrets

      Could you re-word your statement please so that it becomes coherent.

    • jose anguiano

      LET THEM USE LIVE AMMO see what happens they are the criminals the first ammendment give this people the right to express their freedom if you do not understand that part in the constitution you are in the wrong country amigo! just imagine you do not understand the first how do you expect to understand the second

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  • Jennifer

    Al Chico, the protesters were not interfering with anyone’s rights by exercising their own.

    Justin Goble, the “occupy group” is actively participating in democratic activities. Just because you don’t agree with their message doesn’t mean they don’t have a right to express it.

    In what world is it okay to physically assault a group of non-violent people who are taking up space on a walkway?

    • Martin

      Where is okay to physically assault non-violent protesters? Well let’s see: Syria, Iran, N Korea, and apparently, UC Davis. A lot of Libyans lost their lives recently so their voices could be heard without being assaulted…even if what they said or where they stood was ‘inconvenient.’

    • http://leadbyexamplenotbyforce.wordpress.com antisecrets

      Jennifer just smashed the fascist ideology by introducing reason.

    • Justin Goble

      they can express it with out causing all the choas that they are creating

  • Tony

    Thank you Jennifer.
    I got so angry reading Justin’s and Al’s remarks that all I could come up with is four letter replies… your comments are so much better and so right on.

  • No1Liberal

    What about those officers who stood by and did nothing while they allowed fellow officers pepper spray the students. All should be placed on unpaid leave until investigation is completed.

  • joex444

    Justin – I hope when you are standing on a street corner waiting for a light to turn a cop tazes you. You were non-violent, which apparently is provocation enough in your mind.

    Al – What rights were they interfering with? It may inconvenience others that they can’t take that walkway, but I don’t see any of my rights saying that this walkway shall be free for egress at all times. How is this any different than road or sidewalk construction? Use your mind and take an alternate route.

    • Justin Goble

      JOEX444 you sound like the tipical dead beat pothead

      • outraged

        Justin I think it is funny that you are calling Joex444 a dead beat pothead, but you cannot even spell the word typical. Maybe you should check your spelling next time you try to insult someone. ALSO I don’t think that having a badge gives a person the right to attack another person. This was not self defense. I think that the officers should be arrested for assault.

      • W.W.

        How can people this ignorant even know how to use a keyboard?

      • chromez

        Justin Goble, your school failed you with a decent education.

  • joex444

    No1Liberal – You’re absolutely correct. The other officers should have arrested the pepper spraying officer for assault. Their failure to do makes them all accomplices. You can’t tell me it is their job and duty. They have their own mind, and they can choose to do what they think is right.

  • K.C.

    Finally!!!!!!!!, Law Enforcement uses a tool that has been availble for many years. Pepper spray had the desired and short lasting effects to safely subdue the law breakers. Law Enforcement didn’t have to use any more force than necessary nor drag or carryanyone which could have the real possiblity of an Officer experiencing a long term injury or injury to violator.

    Hmm imagine if the protesters then turned law breakers just decided to say “well we sat here, said our peace, got our faces in the news” lets move on with constructive means to effect change. But once again you have a politician trying to dictate how Law Enforcement perform their duties, Really!!!!

    • Thebes Kallisti

      On what freaking planet do you live?
      There was NO NEED to “subdue” the protesters.
      Did you NOT watch the VIDEOS of this?
      They were sitting peacefully on the ground when the thug-with-badge sprayed them like roaches.
      The thug should go to prison for the 1.5 YEARS for each person he sprayed illegally as per California LAW.

    • W.W.

      “>>>”well we sat here, said our peace (sic” — you hillbillies should learn how to spell and use grammar before you even TRY to break something like this apart. You don’t use pepper spray on someone who is not violent. No law was being broken. And spraying down peoples throats is not a particularly short term effect.

      I read your statement again and for the most part it is incoherent. I have to assume you people are being paid as rabble rousers. You won’t be out defending your rights because you don’t have the intellect to realize they are being stripped away from you piece by PIECE.

      • T Baker

        THANK YOU for your comment W.W.
        I am so sick of these ignorant ‘hillbillies’.

        “You won’t be out defending your rights because you don’t have the intellect to realize they are being stripped away from you piece by PIECE.”

        ….. one of the saddest truths to come out of this whole ‘Occupy’ movement…

    • http://leadbyexamplenotbyforce.wordpress.com antisecrets

      Define Law enforcement’s duties before you begin to take the stand of an absolute authority on the matter. It makes you appear to endorse relinquishment of power to authority regardless of inherent liberties that are drawn out in the bill of rights.

    • D

      You obviously are simple minded. There’s something called policy that the police departments have, not “Oh, well it feels right maybe I should flash my canister before a crowd of 100 people before I spray these line of protesters.” Treat my advice as someone who works for another department.

      • http://leadbyexamplenotbyforce.wordpress.com antisecrets

        Define the policy.

      • http://leadbyexamplenotbyforce.wordpress.com antisecrets

        Definition of POLICY

        a : prudence or wisdom in the management of affairs
        b : management or procedure based primarily on material interest
        a : a definite course or method of action selected from among alternatives and in light of given conditions to guide and determine present and future decisions
        b : a high-level overall plan embracing the general goals and acceptable procedures especially of a governmental body

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  • UCLA student

    Names. I want the names of those two officers.

  • Joe_Biggs

    Funny how when the far right protests they are exercising their Constitutional rights, but when anyone on the left does the same they are belittled and called all forms of names.

    The far right hates the Constitution.

  • Paul Brewer

    What candies !!! Incidents WILL occur where these protests take place. Dumb exists on both sides. Too bad they had to seek a bit of eyewash at a corporation (hospital) before returning to their venue.
    This is the minor leagues….how long would they last in Cairo or Damascus ? Decades ago I saw the real thing at student protests in Belgium where the motorcycle cops roared in with truncheons.
    By the way the “far right” …whatever your definition is….gets permits, doesn’t confuse public spaces and sidewalks for a urinal, and picks up their refuse before leaving peacefully

    • T Baker

      “Gets permits” – not sure where that’s a requirement in the constitution for exercising your freedom of assembly

      “doesn’t confuse public spaces and sidewalks for a urinal” – they have corporate paid for ‘port-potties’ or their adult diapers to pee in

      “picks up their refuse before leaving peacefully” – again, they have corporate paid for crews to go in and pick up their filth.

  • Jethro

    Look, pepper spray is better than bullets right? These hippies were lucky this time.

    • T Baker

      There’s not been hippies for over 40 years…..

      And of course pepper spray is better than bullets, but only just as ignorance is only bliss to the ignorant one.

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