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. bigwilliestyles

    @ JIF: how much do you have? I'll let you know if its enough. Lol

    November 20, 2011 at 8:38 am | Report abuse |
  2. Lieutenant Dan

    I lost my legs for people like Philip? Pffffffft!

    November 20, 2011 at 8:39 am | Report abuse |

    @Kathy..."due to volume, not all comments will be posted." (but there are words that you need to spell incorrectly to get them to post. Like "raype" or Ja(pan)eeze.

    November 20, 2011 at 8:39 am | Report abuse |
  4. bigwilliestyles

    @ Kathy: cons*t*itution is one;

    November 20, 2011 at 8:40 am | Report abuse |
  5. Kathy

    Thanks but I just saw what it was, here it comes

    November 20, 2011 at 8:44 am | Report abuse |
  6. Kathy

    While I have much respect for the written word, Photos pierce any spoken word to death. The Iraq war was and still is to this day: controlled, mani-p-ulated and refracted from the American governmental/Media lens. Take an hour and view the Doc-u-mentary (Independent Intervention) Be warned the images ARE graphic, unlike the steriliized version of the main-stream medias version.
    thanks again

    November 20, 2011 at 8:44 am | Report abuse |
  7. Kathy

    And it's crazy how Cnn censors can focus on those words, yet can't figure out that all one has to do is, seperate the word (duh)

    November 20, 2011 at 8:46 am | Report abuse |
  8. @Kathy

    This is no longer a "War". (on the Iraqi peoples) It is an occupation. (of them)

    November 20, 2011 at 8:50 am | Report abuse |
  9. ronvan

    Pro – Con, For – Against: Always the same thing! Police would NOT have been there if these "protesters" followed the rules and law! Pepper Spray and you are upset? A NON – lethal tool that MANY people, not law enforcement, carry around on a daily basis! And YES, if you are stupid enough to "surround" police, in an already tense situation and only get sprayed, consider yourself lucky! Way to many "Manby Pambies" walking around.

    November 20, 2011 at 8:50 am | Report abuse |
    • Jean Sartre, Milwauke, WI

      You must be an only child...

      November 20, 2011 at 8:26 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Kathy

    @ Lieutenant Dan, haven't your heard; the draft has been revoked since the late 70"s. Having said that, your bravery to go fight in Sat-a-n's war is obscenely grotesque.

    November 20, 2011 at 8:52 am | Report abuse |
  11. bigwilliestyles

    The problem with the path that we're currently on is that is marches inexorably towards the point of diminishing returns: "every tear gas canister, every fire hose, every bullet fired in the police state undermines the ability of the police state to produce another can of tear gas, another fire hose, and another bullet".

    November 20, 2011 at 8:53 am | Report abuse |
  12. Kathy

    @ @Kathy, his Doc-u-mentary is on the war it was at the time and yes the subsequent invasion. Your are correct sir.

    November 20, 2011 at 8:53 am | Report abuse |

    "If the government is guilty of criminal acts is it not the DUTY of the people to restrain it and punish it as if it were a lawless individual? [or at least protest it?]"-Cicero

    November 20, 2011 at 8:54 am | Report abuse |
  14. bigwilliestyles

    The goals of corporate fascism are not sustainable. This is because of the effects of power and wealth on most humans: "absolute power corrupts absolutely". The more power and wealth that is obtained, the more is sought. Problem with that is that "all wealth is the result of someone's labor"...

    November 20, 2011 at 9:01 am | Report abuse |
  15. Kathy

    Or may we say the war of the US power to control others natural resources and subsequent invasion in that pursuit.

    November 20, 2011 at 9:04 am | Report abuse |
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