UC Davis to probe Police brutality ~ 'Occupytogether





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Published on Nov 20, 2011

From: Press TV
UC Davis to probe US police brutality
Sun Nov 20, 2011 5:15AM GMT
The University of California (UC) at Davis has announced that it would investigate a video footage showing a US police officer pepper-spraying peaceful protesters on the university campus.

University Chancellor Linda Katehi said on Saturday that she would establish a taskforce of faculty members, students, and staff to review the incident.

"The use of the pepper spray as shown on the video is chilling to us all and raises many questions about how best to handle situations like this," she said in a message posted on the university's website.

On Friday, police officers violently confronted anti-corporatism protesters camping on the UC Davis campus, spraying the chemical irritant on students that were siting on the ground, refusing to leave their encampment.

"The events of this intervention have been videotaped and widely distributed," Katehi added.

"Police came and brutalized them and tore their tents down and all that stuff. It was really scary. It felt like there was anarchy everywhere," student Hisham Alihbob told NBC's KCRA television channel.

The protest was being held in solidarity with the world-wide "Occupy" movements that began in September after a group of people rallied in New York's financial district with the motto of "Occupy Wall Street" to protest "corporate greed," top-level corruption, poverty as well as social and economic inequality in the US.

Despite massive and brutal crackdown on protesters and mass arrests by US police, particularly in New York and near the Wall Street, the Occupy movement has spread to a climbing number of major US cities as well as other major capitalist countries such as Australia, Britain, Germany, Italy, Spain, Ireland, and Portugal.
UC Davis Chancellor refuses to quit following police pepper spray attack as students stage mass protests Shocking videotape shows police dousing students staging passive sitdown protest with pepper spray Calls for school chancellor to step down and accept accountability Chancellor claims she has worked hard to make the campus 'a safe place for all' School task force to look into police response

By Daily Mail Reporter

Last updated at 4:57 PM on 20th November 2011
The chancellor of UC Davis has refused to step down following the emergence of shocking video footage of police drenching a line of student protesters in pepper spray.

Linda Katehi called the footage of the forceful attack on passive demonstrators 'chilling', but said she would not resign.

What the video shows is 'sad and really very inappropriate,' but she had no plans to resign, she said.

'I do not think that I have violated the policies of the institution. I have worked personally very hard to make this campus a safe campus for all,' she said.

The events surrounding the protest have caused her personal anguish, she said, according to MNSBC.

Ms Katehi remained in a media room for more than two hours after the news conference, eventually walking to an SUV past a group of students nearly three blocks long who, in a coordinated effort, remained completely silent. The Sacramento Bee said.

The protest was held in support of the overall Occupy Wall Street movement and in solidarity with protesters at the University of California, Berkeley who were jabbed by police with batons on November 9.

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UC Davis Students Silently Protest Chancellor As She Walks To Her Car
by James Crugnale | 2:30 pm, November 20th, 2011
On Saturday evening, following a press conference addressing the previous day's pepper spraying incident, UC Davis Chancellor Linda Katehi returned to her car surrounded by hundreds of students lined up in a mesmerizingly poignant silent protest of solidarity for the Occupy Davis protesters.

Cory Golden of the Davis Enterprise described the scene, saying that "Katehi had stayed inside one of the university's buildings for a couple hours, because the crowd outside was perceived to be hostile, according to Mitchel Benson, associate vice chancellor for university communications."

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