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

    The more wealth that is acc.u.mulated in the hands of the few, the less there is left for the many. While shipping jobs to China may have allowed Apple to produce more capital than the U S government, it was at the cost of thousands of U S jobs...

    November 20, 2011 at 9:06 am | Report abuse |
  2. Kathy

    @ bigwilliestyles, Close, how about this. The goals of corporate fascism can only be sustained thru Gov manipulation in the international relm, hence; invade as many countries for their resources.

    November 20, 2011 at 9:11 am | Report abuse |
  3. bigwilliestyles

    There is no unlimited supply of wealth available. If it were, Bear Stearns, Washington Mutual, and Lehman Brothers would still be in business, and the TARP would not have been necessary. That wealth that went to TARP came from someone; that someone goes by the name of Occupy Wall Street.

    November 20, 2011 at 9:11 am | Report abuse |
  4. bigwilliestyles

    @ Kathy: you are right in the aspect that imperialism is a component of fascist corporatism, as is suppression of protest, but this means that fascism is here. The operation of the 'security forces' on the population is to PROTECT what is not only already in place, but it's grip is beginning to slip. The corporate godfathers recognize the worldwide Occupy movement for exactly what it is: the beginning of the end of things as they are currently.

    November 20, 2011 at 9:22 am | Report abuse |

    The USA currently occupies over 130 of the world's nations. Our social security national treasury has been totally looted by the Pentagon to finance invasions and occupations of foreign nations to sustain your gluttony. You fat asses claimed Iraq had 9/11 agenda WMD's. You were WRONG...JUST AS YOU ARE NOW WRONG ABOUT YOUR PITIFUL EXCUSES FOR WANTING TO INVADE AND OCCUPY Iran and Venezuela. You gluttons for food and oil are only 4% of the worlds population yet you consume 30% of everything the world produces...and you STILL want more! More raypeing of Africa. More invasions and occupations. More food. More drugs. More, more, more. The avg. American is already obese (bmi 30) Imagine what you will look like in another 10 yrs...Jabba the freaking Hut.

    November 20, 2011 at 9:23 am | Report abuse |
  6. Kathy

    @ bigwilliestyles, So are you saying; this is one of the signs of the end of times?

    November 20, 2011 at 9:28 am | Report abuse |
  7. Kathy

    @, Do you think the Media are again skewed in their reporting of the inherent dangers of Iran and their seeming production of Nuclear weapons?

    November 20, 2011 at 9:32 am | Report abuse |

    Hagd. (good to read Kathy and Big Willie's comments today. And sorry if any of you here suffer from obesity...but there is a way out: eat nothing but fruits and grains till noon, eat plenty of LIVE green vegetables and get plenty of sunlight in the afternoon. Then eat whatever you want for dinner, but try to keep your red-meat portions between 4 and 6 ounces, and NEVER combine complicated proteins. (That's not a "beer belly". It is a clump of undigested red-meat hardened by excessive consumption of dairy products stuck in your colon. (large intestine) See ya 'round. 🙂

    November 20, 2011 at 9:32 am | Report abuse |
  9. bigwilliestyles

    @ Kathy: no, not the end of times. Perhaps the end of an empire, and this only because wealth, bigotry, greed, racism and just plain stubbornness makes the corporatists very short sited. The tactics of suppression never work; it didn't work in Egypt (ancient or present), Rome, Britain, Libya, or Tunisia, and it won't work here. But they will still try; that's what makes it so sad. What would have to be done would eliminate their wealth and position anyway, you can't just exterminate large portions of your own people and keep it moving.

    November 20, 2011 at 9:37 am | Report abuse |
  10. bigwilliestyles

    @ skeleton: agreed. The build up to Iran and Venezuela mirrors the build up to Iraq: WMDs. Are we so stupid that the very same trick will work again? The U S is always saber rattling, but the other guy is ALWAYS the "bad guy". Yet these guys have not mentioned invading the U S once.

    November 20, 2011 at 9:49 am | Report abuse |
  11. Joey Isotta-Fraschini

    I don't expect to convince advocates of a communist or extremely socialist economic system of anything, as those advocates are exercising their survival instinct in what they think is their own best interest.
    However, those who understand the value of capitalism should speak occasionally, even on CNN's board, because the opinions voiced here serve as a poll.

    November 20, 2011 at 9:53 am | Report abuse |
  12. Kathy

    @ bigwilliestyles, Is not one of the signs; the end of the American empire after all Nations have declared 'peace'? Suppression? I would beg to differ on that also. Just look at the many countries that have been invaded and pillaged for their natural resources. Freedom is not ours, anyone who thinks so has blinders on. Eliminating the wealthy portion of our population won't matter; as everyone knows it is the middle class that keep America firmly planted on their backs from sinking into a third world country.

    November 20, 2011 at 9:53 am | Report abuse |
  13. Kathy

    @ bigwilliestyles, good post @ 9:49

    November 20, 2011 at 9:54 am | Report abuse |
  14. bigwilliestyles

    The U S keeps a roster of "bad guys" because it is always either making war or providing weapons (at a profit) to other nations that are making war. It is the life blood of that 'military/industrial complex that President Eisenhower tried to warn us about a few years back.

    November 20, 2011 at 9:54 am | Report abuse |
  15. Paul

    "Whenever it is that they [proclaim]: "Peace and Security !" then sudden destruction is to be instantly upon them."-Paul, speaking of the end. Not The end of this entire world, but the end of this world's warmongers and those who support them. Those who love Peace will be preserved alive, and forever. ( of my neighbors stole my Denver Post newspaper again. I gotta go to the store and buy another one. 🙂

    November 20, 2011 at 9:55 am | Report abuse |
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