November 19th, 2011
06:58 PM ET

California university to investigate police use of pepper spray

University of California Davis' chancellor Saturday called police use of pepper spray on Occupy protesters "chilling" and established a task force to look into the incident.

The startling video broadcast by CNN Sacramento affiliate KOVR showed an officer, in a sweeping motion, spraying seated protesters point blank Friday before other officers moved in. Eleven people were treated on site for effects of the spray. Two of them were sent to the hospital, university officials said.

"Yesterday was not a day that would make anyone on our campus proud; indeed the events of the day need to guide us forward as we try to make our campus a better place of inquiry, debate, and even dissent," Chancellor Linda P.B. Katehi said in a statement.

UC Davis spokeswoman Claudia Morain told CNN that 25 tents were in place Friday afternoon - despite fliers explaining the campus prohibits overnight camping.

After written and verbal warnings, officers reminded the protesters they would be subject to arrest if they did not move their tents, Morain said.

A group of protesters sat on a path with their arms interlocked as police moved in to remove the tents.

At one point, protesters encircled the officers and blocked them from leaving, the spokeswoman said. Cut off from backup, the officers determined the situation was not safe and asked people several times to make room, Morain said. One officer used pepper spray when a couple of protesters and some of the 200 bystanders moved in, she added.

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  1. Kathy

    @banasy, The draft ended, therefore everyone who enters the military is doing so of their own accord. I would think that saying 'God blesses war', be considered an 'oxymoron'

    @ Be advised, be advised; I am no ones puppet as you stated Mary/Jazz is.

    November 20, 2011 at 1:07 pm | Report abuse |
  2. observation

    @banasy You are consistently condensending...just an observation.

    November 20, 2011 at 1:28 pm | Report abuse |
  3. banasy©

    @Kathy:
    I agree with your assessment of the draft ending.

    Do you believe that one's "bravery to go fight in Sat-a-n’s war is obscenely grotesque" applies
    to our current soldiers?
    It would seem to me that does a disservive to our troops.

    I have never held that God blesses war; that is a moot point for me.

    November 20, 2011 at 1:34 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Joey Isotta-Fraschini

    Philip is a good actor.
    (You're welcome, PED.)
    At one point, I thought that Philip was playing bigwilliestyles opposite Jazzzz's portrayal of Kathy.
    Philip's grasp of mentalities would enable him to do that.
    Kathy is an easy role.

    November 20, 2011 at 1:35 pm | Report abuse |
  5. banasy©

    @observation:
    I'm not, but I'm flattered you you would think enough of my posts to comment.
    You still amuse me.
    Greatly.

    November 20, 2011 at 1:35 pm | Report abuse |
  6. banasy©

    @JIF:
    Hi! How are you doing today?
    I totally agree.

    November 20, 2011 at 1:38 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Joey Isotta-Fraschini

    @ Donna:
    I'm OK.
    To play Kathy, I'd cast the (hopefully blond) lyric soprano who sings Micaela in the opera CARMEN (ti-
    tle role: Carmen).
    Micaela comes to her old boyfriend (Don Jose), who's gone off with Carmen the gypsy, and says, "I brought you a kiss from your mother."

    November 20, 2011 at 2:13 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Joey Isotta-Fraschini

    Doesn't everybody know how it ends?

    November 20, 2011 at 2:17 pm | Report abuse |
  9. RUFFNUTT (HARD DRIVE)

    YEA, SHE ENDS UP IN THE BACK SEAT OF MY CAMARO! ROFLMAO

    November 20, 2011 at 2:22 pm | Report abuse |
  10. banasy©

    Um, Ruffie, if you dig dead chicks...

    November 20, 2011 at 2:27 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Joey Isotta-Fraschini

    No, Jose kills Carmen because she fell in love with a bullfighter.
    It takes a lot of voice to pull that stuff off.

    November 20, 2011 at 2:33 pm | Report abuse |
  12. RUFFNUTT (HARD DRIVE)

    SHE MUST BLOW REAL *HARD* THEN! 🙂 OPPS @ BANASY THEN SHE BLOWS NO MORE LOL

    November 20, 2011 at 2:38 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Joey Isotta-Fraschini

    She has to support with her diaphragm.

    November 20, 2011 at 2:43 pm | Report abuse |
  14. banasy©

    And no, Ruffie, not *that* kind of diaphragm...

    I sang when I was younger.
    Never opera, though.

    November 20, 2011 at 2:48 pm | Report abuse |
  15. RUFFNUTT (HARD DRIVE)

    GOOD, CAUSE I DON'T WANT ANY CHICKS GETTING PREGO BY THE ROUGHEST NUTTS IN THE WEST! I KILL MYSELF 🙂

    November 20, 2011 at 2:49 pm | Report abuse |
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