Protesters Rebuild Encampment At UC Davis

DAVIS (CBS SF) – Students at the University of California, Davis once again set up camp on the quad overnight  near the site where university police used pepper spray on seated protesters last week.

The encampment was again erected late Monday after the campus police chief was put on administrative leave and the chancellor was shouted down at a demonstration while trying to apologize for Friday’s incident during an event in support of the Occupy Wall Street movement. Two officers also were placed on administrative leave after the students were sprayed.

University spokeswoman Claudia Morain said the school was monitoring the protest. She said the school will take action “step by step” to balance campus security with people’s right to protest.

Earlier Monday, an angry crowd of more than 2,000 people heckled UC Davis Chancellor Linda Katehi off the stage Monday when she tried to apologize for campus officers using pepper spray on seated student protesters.

University officials and campus police have been the target of angry reprisals since video surfaced of riot police dousing pepper spray on a row of students while they were sitting passively on the ground with their arms linked.

Mechanical engineering student David Buscho, 22, of San Rafael, described being paralyzed with fear as he felt the spray sting “like hot glass.”

“I had my arms around my girlfriend. I just kissed her on the forehead and then he sprayed us,” he said. “Immediately we were blinded … He just sprayed us again and again and we were completely powerless to do anything.”

Before the assembly broke up, the crowd voted to hold a campus-wide strike on Nov. 28 to coincide with a meeting of the University of California governing board.

Nine students hit by pepper spray were treated at the scene, two were taken to hospitals and later released, university officials said. Ten people were arrested.

Katehi also set a 30-day deadline for her school’s task force investigating the incident to issue its report. The task force, comprised of students, staff and faculty, will be chosen this week. She earlier had set a 90-day timetable.

The UC Davis faculty association called for Katehi’s resignation, saying in a Saturday letter there had been a “gross failure of leadership.” Katehi has resisted calls for her to quit.

The pepper-spraying has also prompted the president of the University of California system to call for an assessment of law enforcement procedures on all 10 campuses.

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  • Milan Moravec

    UCPD report to and take direction from Chancellor: Fire Chancellor. Every qualified California student should get a place in University of California(UC) system. That’s a desirable goal for a public university. However, UC Berkeley Chancellor Robert Birgeneau displaces Californians qualified for education at Cal. with $50,600 tuition Foreigners.
    Paying more is not a better education. UC tuition increases exceed the national average rate of increase. The UC Board Of Regents jeopardizes Californians attending higher education by making UC the most expensive public university.
    Self-serving tuition increases are used by UC President Mark Yudof to increase the pay of 80,000 eligible faculty & others. Payoffs like these point to higher operating costs and still higher tuition for Californians. Instate tuition consumes 14% of Ca. Median Family Income! UC is hijacking our kids’ futures: student debt.
    I agree that faculty in higher education and senior management, like Yudof and Birgeneau, should consider the students’ welfare & put it high on their values.
    Deeds unfortunately do not bear out the students’ welfare values of UC Berkeley Birgeneau’s senior management and the UC Board of Regents.
    Opinions to UC Board of Regents, email

    • mike

      UCs still aren’t as expensive as some public universities on the East Coast. Schools like the Pennsylvania State University System, University of Illinois, University of Vermont have higher tuition than the UCs. UCs probably have them beat on the tuitions increases though.

      The problem with letting every qualified student get a place in the UC system is money. UCs would have to get a ton of state money to pay for everything and/or increase tuition even more. Universities do not exist to earn profits, but they still need to break even.

  • mike

    These students are just conveniently using the pepper spraying incident as some kind of lame excuse, eventhough it really is unrelated to what ever loosly tied, in your dreams demands.

    SUCK IT UP AND GO PREPARE FOR YOUR FINALS. You aren’t getting your money’s worth by stroking your own ego.

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