Report on UC Davis Pepper Spray Incident Delayed

Police union threatens legal action if report is released

By Kellie White
|  Tuesday, Mar 6, 2012  |  Updated 7:16 AM PDT
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Report on UC Davis Pepper Spray Incident Delayed

Pepper spraying captured on cell phone and goes viral on YouTube.

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A report from investigators on the November pepper spraying incident at UC Davis is still in limbo after the Federated University Police Officers Association, the union to which UC Davis police belong, threatened legal action.

The report was supposed to be released yesterday. It includes findings from months of investigation by the security and investigations firm Kroll, including recommendations for changes to the University's policy on handling peaceful protests. Officials had planned to post the report on the UC Davis website at noon yesterday, and unveil it in a public meeting later in the afternoon.

Two officers and the campus chief were placed on leave after students and protesters staging a peaceful demonstration were pepper sprayed by campus police.

An attorney for Lt. John Pike, one of the officers immortalized in the now-viral video, says he will seek a court order barring the release of the report. The Sacramento Bee reports Pike would not comment on the case.

UC President Mark Yudof and UC Davis Chancellor Linda Katehi issued statements Monday saying they were disappointed by the delay. Yudof says he still plans to make the report public.

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