UC Davis Administrators and Police Made “Critically Flawed” Decisions

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A UC-Davis task force has concluded that administrators and campus police made “critically flawed decisions” during the November 2001 protests that resulted in a campus police officer spraying down students with pepper spray. They released their findings last week.

The report, released Wednesday, said Lt. John Pike’s decision to use pepper spray on seated protesters was “not authorized by policy.” They also said there were multiple instances of other campus police officers, who were unnamed in the report, that were able to calmly walk arrestees through the crowd to a patrol car without the use of force.

“There is little factual basis supporting Lt. Pike’s belief that he was trapped by the protesters or that his officers were prevented from leaving the Quad,” the report stated. “Further, there is little evidence that any protesters attempted to use violence against the police.”

They added that the administration, including Katehi, “share responsibility for many of the decisions discussed and criticized in this report.”

The task force also revealed that the type of pepper spray used was not an “authorized weapon of use” by UCPD. Huffington Post, 11 April 2012

Several of the students have already filed lawsuits accusing the school of violating their constitutional right to free speech.