UC System Pays Dearly for Pepper-Spraying Student Protesters
The University of California on Wednesday reached a settlement with the 21 UC Davis students and alumni who were pepper-sprayed by campus police during what was otherwise a peaceful demonstration last year in support of the Occupy movement.
Each of the protesters who were sprayed will receive $30,000 from the UC system. But wait, that’s not all.
The Los Angeles Times reports:
The agreement, which must still be approved in federal court, also calls for UC to pay a total of $250,000 to the plaintiffs’ attorneys and set aside a maximum of $100,000 to pay up to $20,000 to any other individuals who join the class-action lawsuit by proving they were either arrested or directly pepper-sprayed, a university statement said.
…The settlement also calls for UC Davis Chancellor Linda Katehi to write a formal apology to each of the students and alumni who were pepper-sprayed or arrested
In total, the UC system will pay out nearly $1 million in the settlement.
The campus police officer who unleashed a torrent of pepper spray on the protesters at close range was not charged after the incident, but he was eventually dismissed by the university.
— Posted by Tracy Bloom.