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Officers Put on Leave After Pepper Spraying Protesters

NY Times [1]
November 21, 2011

Updated The full report [2] of this article is available here [2].

The University of California, Davis, said on Sunday that two police officers had been placed on administrative leave after using pepper spray on seated protesters in a widely recorded encounter on Friday afternoon.

Reflecting widespread anger over the police behavior, the university chancellor, Linda P.B. Katehi, said Sunday that she would insist that the investigation be completed in 30 days. A day earlier, she had said it would take 90 days.

Meanwhile, students and others affiliated with the Occupy U.C. Davis movement planned for a Monday-afternoon protest on campus. A Facebook page for the protest [3] asked attendees to call for Ms. Katehi’s resignation and to “show solidarity and support to the students who were beaten and sprayed by U.C. Davis police in riot gear.”

The Facebook page also promoted a way for sympathizers to donate tents and pizza for the rally. The Amazon.com page [4] set up for donations indicated that more than 70 tents had already been donated by Sunday morning.

Full article here [1]