Pepper Spraying Lands UC Davis Officers on Leave

The University of California at Davis (UC Davis) has placed two police officers on administrative leave after video of them pepper-spraying non-violent protesters sparked public outrage. Video of the incident can be found below.

The the incident set off tons of comments on the school’s Facebook page, most of them critical of police and the administration.

From CNN:

Friday’s incident has led to calls for the resignation of UC Davis Chancellor Linda Katehi, who announced the action in a written statement Sunday. Katehi said she shares the “outrage” of students and was “deeply saddened” by the use of the chemical irritant by campus police.

“I am deeply saddened that this happened on our campus, and as chancellor, I take full responsibility for the incident,” she said. “However, I pledge to take the actions needed to ensure that this does not happen again.”

And Annette Spicuzza, the campus police chief, told CNN that putting the officers on leave “is the right thing to do at this time.” They will be sidelined until an investigation is complete, and “hopefully that won’t take too long,” she said.

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5 Comments on “Pepper Spraying Lands UC Davis Officers on Leave”

  1. One Op Says:

    Oh my, if demonstrations are peaceful it is too bad that some authorities possibly act too soon but it is probably a nervous reaction because peaceful demos today can also have a few who
    push to the edge and can cause riots. The demonstrators themselves should try and weed out any troublemakers who may
    join in, not for the cause but for the fight. I don’t know about this
    one, but I do understand that too many times authorities jump the gun for “fear” things might worse. People should be allowed to demonstrate “peacefully”. Friends, I don’t know what I just wrote!!

  2. Honeydog Says:

    Serves them right! (Reprimanding the Officers I mean). I watched this Story covered on JVM tonight and I couldn’t believe my Eyes. That one Cop sprayed all those Students like he was spray-painting a Building… It was shooting out like a Fire Hose. Those poor Kids were simply sitting quietly on the ground— No Weapons, no Yelling, no Threat whatsoever… Not even an indication of any possible Trouble. I felt so bad for them when they didn’t even get up and try to fight back when they were being sprayed… They just sat there humbly and took it. Totally out of line and uncalled-for by those Officers. What kind of Message about our “Authority Figures” and our Constitutional Rights is that Action telling those young adults who did nothing to deserve what they got, and what is happening to their (and our) First Amendment Right to Freedom of Speech! This was no out-of-Control Riot, but rather a Calm and Peaceful “Sit-in”, and other “Bad Apples” in other opposite situations shouldn’t spoil the whole damn Bunch. I wouldn’t even give those Cops the advantage of an “Investigation”— The Video speaks for itself. Clearly this was an example of some of those Police Officers who get off on being what they are a little too much and using their Power a little too wrong.

  3. zelda Says:

    They(cops) were more than a little wrong in my view,,,,,,
    Anybody else getting tired of apologies ???
    It gets hard to wave the flag at times.

  4. One Op Says:

    These students, is that all there were? what we see in the video?
    From this video they certainly were not going to riot or give any problems. For the cops to feed them pepper spray like they did
    was a deplorable act. ( I did not see any media on this incident.)

  5. Honeydog Says:

    Besides the Students sitting on the Ground, there was a line of Students simply standing along a nearby Sidewalk… Quite a few people actually, but none of them were engaging in any type of Disruptive— much less Threatening— Behavior.


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