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Friday, March 16, 2012

UC Davis Occupy Pepper Spraying Report Will Become Public, Judge Rules

Posted By on Fri, Mar 16, 2012 at 1:09 PM

It appears that more light will be shed on one of the most controversial episodes of police response to Occupy protests across the country last fall, after a judge ruled that an independent report on the pepper-spraying of peaceful protesters by a UC Davis campus police officer can be made public.

The Nov. 18 incident was caught on videotape (view above), prompting nationwide outrage and briefly rejuvenating the flagging Occupy movement. It was also called "horrific" and "a disaster" by UC Davis Chancellor Linda Katehi, who insisted she had ordered campus police to deal with demonstrators without resorting to force.

In the aftermath of the incident, school officials commissioned an independent study of what happened. Campus police sought to have the report blocked after it was completed, arguing that it violated officers' privacy. But Alameda County Superior Court Judge Evelio Grillo has issued a tentative ruling asserting that such concerns are misplaced, and that university officials have a right to "disclose and discuss" the report's findings with the public.

He stayed his order, however, giving attorneys for campus police until April 2 to appeal.

Here is a copy of the ruling that KQED has posted online.

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