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UC Davis Pepper Spray Report Issued. Yawn.

  1. Mighty Mom profile image84
    Mighty Momposted 6 years ago

    I'm reprinting this entire article from Reuters because I am secretly hoping someone will read it differently than I did and perhaps point out something USEFUL here.
    Five months to conclude that the UC Davis police overstepped their bounds by pepper spraying unarmed sitting students?
    How many pages does it take to say "They f'd up bigtime?
    Anyone who saw the YouTube videos has known that for months.

    DAVIS, California (Reuters) - University of California officials and campus police showed poor judgment and used excessive force in the pepper-spraying of peacefully protesting students allied with the Occupy Wall Street movement last fall, an investigative panel found on Wednesday.

    A scathing, 190-page report on the UC Davis confrontation, which was captured on video and widely replayed on television and the Internet, was the work of a task force headed by former California Supreme Court Justice Cruz Reynoso.

    "Our overriding conclusion can be stated briefly and explicitly," wrote Reynoso and his co-authors. "The pepper-spraying incident that took place on November 18, 2011 should and could have been prevented."

    The report, delayed for weeks by a lawsuit from the university police union, criticized officers for using pepper spray to break up a peaceful demonstration and accused school administrators of bungling decisions at nearly every point leading up to the incident.

    The clash led to suspensions of the campus police chief and two officers, and thrust the normally quiet, conservative and mostly apolitical UC Davis campus, located near the state capital Sacramento, to the forefront of anti-Wall Street "Occupy" protests nationwide.

    The report faulted UC Davis Chancellor Linda Katehi and other administrators for ordering police to remove tents the protesters had set up on campus in an imitation of Occupy demonstrations around the country.

    Katehi and her advisers failed to take time to explore other alternatives, the report said, suggesting that the university could have allowed the tents to remain while using police to enforce the health and safety regulations they had cited as their primary concerns.

    The panel also singled out police department commanders, including Lieutenant John Pike, who was seen in video footage dousing a cluster of protesters at close range as he walked back and forth in front of them. The report said the pepper spray he used was in a larger can with a more forceful nozzle than the variety officially approved for the police department

    The task force concluded its work weeks ago, but attorneys representing the university police sued to block it on the grounds that it would violate the confidentiality of officers' personnel records.

    Pike received thousands of threatening emails and phone calls after he was identified as one of the officers wielding a spray bottle, his lawyers said.

    Under a settlement between UC and the union, the task force issued the report with names of several officers redacted. But Pike and UC Davis Police Chief Annette Spicuzza were named because they already had been publicly identified.

    Some students who were pepper-sprayed have filed a separate lawsuit alleging that their civil rights were violated.

    (Reporting by Laird Harrison; Editing by Steve Gorman and Cynthia Johnston; Desking by Cynthia Osterman)

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      Sooner28posted 6 years agoin reply to this

      Yeah.  It was obvious to anyone who is not completely blinded by their attachment to the status quo.  I guess even so called "liberal" universities are not in favor of free speech.

    2. American View profile image61
      American Viewposted 6 years agoin reply to this

      Now I think there needs to be an investigation and report filed on why the report is 190 pages long. I think there is waste and fraud there, not to mention why it took so long to investigate in the first place. Hell Abby from NCIS would have wrapped this up in less than and hour and we would have gotten a one page Hinkey report.

      1. Mighty Mom profile image84
        Mighty Momposted 6 years agoin reply to this

        lol lol
        Abby would have been all over the particular composition of that pepper spray and the angle of the cannisters, etc.

        190 pages -- what is this the Pentagon Papers?
        Delay of release is anothe shameful matter. The Campus PD union held it up wanting to hide their people. Not like the students sitting with linked arms got anonymity. Their pics were all over YouTube.

      2. Gerg profile image78
        Gergposted 6 years agoin reply to this

        ;-)  Funny!

  2. habee profile image93
    habeeposted 6 years ago

    Wow! It must have been a real sleuth who reported this story!

  3. Mighty Mom profile image84
    Mighty Momposted 6 years ago

    LOL Habee. Pulitzer on the way!
    "The normally quiet, conservative and mostly apolitical campus..."
    Whoever wrote this never set foot on the Davis campus.

    1. American View profile image61
      American Viewposted 6 years agoin reply to this


      I think the brought Ellery Queen back from the dead to investigate

      1. Mighty Mom profile image84
        Mighty Momposted 6 years agoin reply to this

        Good one, AV!
        This is the classic "elementary, my dear Watson" (for real -- no brainer, no super sleuthing skills required whatsoever, plain as the nose on your face) case!

  4. ruthclark3 profile image72
    ruthclark3posted 6 years ago

    Sounds like some "power hungry egos" got out of hand.  Bullies is more like it.