No Criminal Charges Filed Against UC Davis Pepper Spray Officers

DA concludes there was insufficient evidence to file criminal charges in pepper spray incident

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    The pepper spraying was captured on cell phone video and went viral on YouTube.

    Criminal charges will not be filed against the University of California, Davis, officers who were involved in the 2011 pepper spraying incident that made national headlines.

    A 13-page District Attorney report concludes, “viewing the incident through the totality of the circumstances, there is insufficient evidence to establish proof beyond a reasonable doubt that the use of force involved in the November 18, 2011, pepper spraying was unlawful and therefore warrants the filing of criminal charges.”

    The report goes on to say that the officers in general, “and Lieutenant Pike specifically, believed that they and their prisoners were surrounded by a hostile ‘mob,’ and that the pepper spraying was necessary to clear the pathway so that the officers and their prisoners could leave the Quad safely” and that “a detailed review of the events provides some support for their [the officers] position.”

    The DA decided that there was not enough evidence to file criminal charges.

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