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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soundoff (211 Responses)
  1. RUFFNUTT (HARD DRIVE)

    @ BANASY LMAO, TOO LATE DEAR, HOW YOU DONG SWEET CHEEKS ?

    November 20, 2011 at 2:50 pm | Report abuse |
  2. banasy©

    @JIF:

    Ah, who would you cast as Don José?

    November 20, 2011 at 2:50 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Joey Isotta-Fraschini

    Some voice teachers tell their pupils to drop their jaws.
    Some advocate a lowered larynx.

    November 20, 2011 at 2:53 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Joey Isotta-Fraschini

    An open throat, in some studios.

    November 20, 2011 at 2:55 pm | Report abuse |
  5. RUFFNUTT (HARD DRIVE)

    OK, SORRY GUYS, JUST HAVING SOME FUN. HOWS THE CREW DOING TODAY?

    November 20, 2011 at 2:56 pm | Report abuse |
  6. banasy©

    @Ruffie, I'm doing just fine, darlin'.
    How are you?

    November 20, 2011 at 2:57 pm | Report abuse |
  7. RUFFNUTT (HARD DRIVE)

    JOEY, YOU KNOW YOUR JUST GIVING ME MORE AMMO RIGHT?

    November 20, 2011 at 2:57 pm | Report abuse |
  8. banasy©

    @JIF, you're giving Ruffie ideas again, lol!
    We know you're kidding, Ruffie!
    Never apologize for being yourself!

    November 20, 2011 at 2:59 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Joey Isotta-Fraschini

    Lo so.

    November 20, 2011 at 2:59 pm | Report abuse |
  10. RUFFNUTT (HARD DRIVE)

    @ BANASY, I'M GEARING UP FOR THANKSGIVING! 🙂 WHILE OTHERS ARE USING GUNS TO GET THEIR KILL, I GOT MY VET. THE KIDS ARE PLACING BETS ON HOW BIG A DEAR I CAN GET. WHAT YOU HAVE PLANNED?

    November 20, 2011 at 3:00 pm | Report abuse |
  11. RUFFNUTT (HARD DRIVE)

    DANG, MEANT DEER. TOO MUCH BREWSKY TODAY.

    November 20, 2011 at 3:02 pm | Report abuse |
  12. RUFFNUTT (HARD DRIVE)

    YOU CAN'T HEAR ME? CAPS IS ALL I GOT, GUYS! COME BACK!

    November 20, 2011 at 3:14 pm | Report abuse |
  13. banasy©

    @Ruffie: I was wondering about the "dear" thing...lol!
    We're all going to my sister-in-laws house; it's going to be a big crowd!
    My daughter and granddaughter are going out of town, 🙁 but that's ok, she's only 8 months old.
    Can't wait for her first Christmas, though!

    November 20, 2011 at 3:15 pm | Report abuse |
  14. banasy©

    Why is caps all you got, Ruffie?

    November 20, 2011 at 3:17 pm | Report abuse |
  15. RUFFNUTT (HARD DRIVE)

    I THOUGHT YOU GUYS LEFT. BET YOU BUY OUT TOY-R-US? 😉

    November 20, 2011 at 3:23 pm | Report abuse |
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