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UC Davis Officials, Officer Critiqued in Occupy Protest Report

Posted on Apr 11, 2012
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Lt. Pike is seen pepper-spraying students in this still from the Occupy UC Davis protest on Nov.19, 2011.

After UC Davis Chancellor Linda Katehi’s handling of last fall’s crackdown on Occupy protesters by campus police—the one that inspired an artful meme drawn from shameful circumstances—drew fire, university officials ordered a task force to investigate the pepper-spraying incident of Nov. 18 and issue a report. The results of that effort were released Wednesday, and it came down on the side of the protesters when it came to that fateful, and viral, event.  —KA

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The UC Davis report, which accompanies a 150-page assessment by Kroll, a risk management group based in San Diego, found that the officers’ claims that they were trapped was mostly unfounded.

“On balance, there is little basis supporting Lt. Pike’s belief that he was trapped by the protesters or that his officers were prevented from leaving the Quad,” the report said. “Further, there is little evidence that any protesters attempted to use violence against the police.”

[...] The task force, headed by retired state Supreme Court Justice Cruz Reynoso, was commissioned by University of California President Mark G. Yudof. Chancellor Linda Katehi, who heads UC Davis, had asked the president to put together the task force after she came under fire for the pepper spray incident.

The report criticizes Katehi, however, for being vague in her instructions to campus police before they went to take down the encampment.

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By prisnersdilema, April 15, 2012 at 6:50 am Link to this comment

The classic way of doing nothing, is appointing a committee of the right people to
investigate, taking just long enough so that people will stop being upset. Then filing it
away in some library, on a shelf where it will gather dust. Maybe once and a while some
reporter will do a story on it, but it won’t matter because people no longer care.

What comes to mind are committees that investigated 911, the Kennedy assassination,
etc. Those that continue to care, that the investigation was not really investigation, are
easily branded and conspiracy nuts, and dismissed off hand…

Until next time…..and that’s just why next time keeps happening…

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By PatrickHenry, April 13, 2012 at 3:09 am Link to this comment


Yes, I see your point.

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By gerard, April 12, 2012 at 7:39 pm Link to this comment

PS—Everything is A-OK now, though because the college “critiqued” the police for pepper-spraying the students because they (the students) critiqued the college about letting the police pepper-spray them because after all it was their money that bought the pepper-spray, and ...

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By gerard, April 12, 2012 at 7:31 pm Link to this comment

Patrick Henry:  You have it backwards.  The college bought and paid for the police with money that the students used to buy and pay for an education at the college, so actually the students bought and paid for the police who are paid by the college to pepper stray the students if they complain about how their money is being spent or not spent, but ....uhh ...  where was I?

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By PatrickHenry, April 12, 2012 at 4:08 pm Link to this comment

At the minimum, Lt Pike and the offending officers should lose their jobs and the rules for using pepperspray and tasers should be tightened if not abolished.

The students belong at the UC campus more than the police officials.

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By berniem, April 12, 2012 at 3:08 pm Link to this comment


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By oregoncharles, April 12, 2012 at 9:41 am Link to this comment

So when do Pike, the chief, and Katehi get fired?

The students should follow the guy around making his life a misery.

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By faith, April 12, 2012 at 8:36 am Link to this comment

gerard, well said !  Unbelievable.

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By gerard, April 11, 2012 at 7:16 pm Link to this comment

No strict rules to prevent this kind of thing from happening again?  No additional training for police in how to “manage” nonviolent protests? No limitations specified on what kind of suppressive methods can and cannot be legally used?  Nothing but token hand-slapping?

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