Payout For Pepper-Sprayed UC Davis Students

UC regents approve cash settlement.

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

    The University of California will pay up after its police pepper-sprayed students last year, according to reports.

    UC regents approved an undisclosed settlement for the 21 UC Davis students and alumni who received a point-blank pepper-spraying from campus police during a Nov. 18, 2011, incident.

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    The settlement must be approved by a federal judge before its details can be made public, according to the Santa Rosa Press Democrat.

    Video of the incident, in which a riot gear-clad former UC Davis police Lt. John Pike can be seen walking up and down before a line of students blocking a campus pathway, spraying them with pepper spray, "triggered outrage across the nation," according to the newspaper.

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    Pike has since been fired, and a report released in April said Pike and other UC Davis officers "used poor judgment and violated policy," the newspaper reported.