Saturday, November 19, 2011

UC Davis will probe use of pepper-spray on student protesters | Reuters

(Reuters) - The University of California, Davis said on Saturday it would launch an investigation over video footage that appeared to show campus police using pepper spray against seated student protesters at close range.

YouTube video footage of a policeman in riot gear using pepper spray on a group of roughly a dozen student protesters in the university's quad area spread quickly over the Internet, sparking outrage among some university faculty members.

"Yesterday was not a day that would make anyone on our campus proud," UC Davis Chancellor Linda P.B. Katehi wrote in a public statement.

"As indicated in various videos, the police used pepper spray against the students who were blocking the way," she said. "The use of pepper spray as shown on the video is chilling to us all and raises many questions about how best to handle situations like this.

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