UC Davis Pepper Spray Report Released: Campus Police Force ‘Very Dysfunctional’

Pepper spraying incident ‘should and could have been prevented’

Common Dreams staff   April 11, 2012   Common Dreams

Months after students at UC Davis were filmed being soaked in pepper spray and arrested by police in riot gear after peacefully protesting at their university, a UC Davis ‘task force’ has finally released a report on the incident today.

The report includes a number of criticisms against police and administrative action on the day stating, “The pepper spraying incident that took place on November 18, 2011 should and could have been prevented.” The report is critical of the actions of Police Chief Annette Spicuzza. It states, “the command and leadership structure of the UCDPD is very dysfunctional.”

The 190-page Reynoso Task Force Report said the use of pepper spray was “not supported by objective evidence and not authorized by policy.”

According to CBS News, the report finds:

The incident was not managed according to plan.

The pepper spray used (MK-9) was not an authorized weapon for UC Davis police officers and officers were not trained in how to use it.

Chancellor Linda Katehi bears responsibility for deploying police at 3 p.m. to remove tents rather than earlier in the day or the night before

Chancellor Katehi bears primary responsibility for failing to communicate her position that physical force should be avoided.

Lt. John Pike bears responsibility for the use of pepper spray on the students.

The Reynoso task force will be presenting the report live at UC Davis from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Eastern, which will be available via webcast here.

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CBS News: Task Force Report Critical Of Police, Administrators In UC Davis Pepper-Spraying Incident

Spicuzza and Pike were placed on administrative leave after the incident.

UC President Mark Yudof issued a statement after the report’s release saying in part that, “Even a cursory reading of the report confirms what we have known from the start: Friday, Nov. 18 was a bad day for the UC Davis community and for the entire UC system.

“We can and must do better. I look forward to working with Chancellor Katehi to repair the damage caused by this incident and to move this great campus forward.”

The release of the report was delayed after the UC Davis police union sued to block it, saying including names of officers would subject them to harassment. A judge OK’d the release after names of most of the officers were redacted.

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AP: Report: CA pepper-spray incident was preventable

A University of California task force says the pepper-spraying of student protesters by UC Davis police could and should have been prevented.

That conclusion was contained in a report released Wednesday on the Nov. 18 crackdown on students who had set up an Occupy Wall Street camp on campus.

The university published the document online a day after a judge approved its publication without the names of most officers involved in the clash. […]

The 13-member task force was created to investigate the notorious incident, when officers shot pepper spray on the heads of sitting protesters.

The pepper-spraying prompted national outrage, campus protests and calls for the chancellor’s resignation after online videos of the confrontation went viral.

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Read the full report here:  http://issuu.com/jonqueally/docs/reynoso-report/1

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