November 23rd, 2011
02:00 AM ET

University to pay medical bills of pepper spray victims

University of California officials said Tuesday they will pay the medical expenses of students who were pepper sprayed during an Occupy Davis protest last week.

Authorities have also decided to drop charges against 10 people who were arrested during the Friday protest on the campus of UC Davis. And the university system has created an advisory panel to look into the incident, University of California President Mark Yudof said.

Bill Bratton, who has led police departments in Los Angeles, Boston and New York, will head the panel, Yudof said.

"My intent," Yudof said, "is to provide the chancellor and the entire University of California community with an independent, unvarnished report about what happened at Davis."

Video of the incident has sparked widespread criticism, more protests and calls for the resignation of the school's chancellor.

A campus police officer, in a sweeping motion, sprayed seated protesters at point blank range during a police attempt to clear out an Occupy encampment.

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  1. Jj

    it was pepper spray!!! im getting an i phone very soon ima pepper spray myself n show you pansies yes it hurts just like an onion or should i say a union owee owee owee

    November 23, 2011 at 11:59 pm | Report abuse |
    • Chris

      Be sure to pepper spray directly into your mouth like the cops did to two students.

      November 24, 2011 at 6:15 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Jj

    lol and another four students were around the corner hittin a fatty contributing to her asthma as well. move to the country

    November 24, 2011 at 12:06 am | Report abuse |
    • Chris

      ok Jj, or should I say LT PIKE, everyone knows its you posting here. You can say bye bye to your job you fat pig.

      November 24, 2011 at 6:22 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Roadsniper

    Lets spray the cops! Thats no punishment what gives them the right to spray these students?

    November 24, 2011 at 1:28 am | Report abuse |
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