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Pepper-spraying campus police won't face charges
Associated Press ^ | Sep 20, 2012, 12:10 AM EDT | unattributed

Posted on 09/19/2012 9:58:01 PM PDT by Hunton Peck

DAVIS, Calif. (AP) -- The University of California, Davis police officers who doused students and alumni with pepper spray during a campus protest last November won't face criminal charges, prosecutors said Wednesday.

The chemical crackdown prompted widespread condemnation, campus protests and calls for the resignation of Chancellor Linda Katehi after videos shot by witnesses were widely played online. Images of an officer casually spraying orange pepper-spray in the faces of nonviolent protesters became a rallying point for the Occupy Wall Street movement.

But the Yolo County District Attorney's office said in a statement that there was insufficient evidence to prove the use of force was illegal.

A task force appointed by the university concluded in April that the Nov. 18 pepper-spraying was "objectively unreasonable" and could have been prevented.

In reaching their conclusion, prosecutors said they relied...

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TOPICS: Education; Food; Society
KEYWORDS: ows; pepperspray; ucaldavis
Cleaning up one of the messes left by the 0ccupiggies...


1 posted on 09/19/2012 9:58:06 PM PDT by Hunton Peck
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To: Hunton Peck

He was just watering the hippies.


2 posted on 09/19/2012 10:27:07 PM PDT by dznutz
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To: dznutz

The cop got fired; the protestors got a settlement from the university (pending). IOW, the university presumed the cop was guilty, and paid the perps. It will be interesting to see if the fired cop pursues a settlement for unjustified firing. It’ll also be interesting to see if the judge disallows the settlement to the perps.


3 posted on 09/19/2012 10:52:24 PM PDT by USFRIENDINVICTORIA
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To: Hunton Peck
Images of an officer casually spraying orange pepper-spray in the faces of nonviolent protesters became a rallying point for the Occupy Wall Street movement.

Excitedly spraying them would have been different?

4 posted on 09/20/2012 2:42:54 AM PDT by ArmstedFragg (hoaxy dopey changey)
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To: USFRIENDINVICTORIA
It will be interesting to see if the fired cop pursues a settlement for unjustified firing.

If the fired officer was acting within their use of force guidelines, I would say he has a case.

5 posted on 09/20/2012 7:45:00 AM PDT by dznutz
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