UC to pay nearly $1 million in pepper-spray lawsuit settlement

By | September 26, 2012

UC to pay nearly 1 million in pepper-spray lawsuit settlement

UC to pay nearly $1 million in pepper-spray lawsuit settlement

The University of California will pay damages of $30,000 to each of the 21 UC Davis students and alumni who were pepper-sprayed by campus police during an otherwise peaceful protest 10 months ago, the university system announced Wednesday.

The agreement, which must still be approved in federal court, also calls for UC to pay a total of $250,000 to the plaintiffs’ attorneys and set aside a maximum of $100,000 to pay up to $20,000 to any other individuals who join the class-action lawsuit by proving they were either arrested or directly pepper-sprayed, a university statement said.

A video released online, showing an officer spraying seated students directly in their faces at close range during an Occupy rally, had triggered outrage.

The preliminary settlement, which was approved by the UC regents in a closed-door meeting earlier this month, will be paid through the UC’s self-insurance program, which officials said has about $600 million in reserves.

In April, a UC task force headed by former state Supreme Court Justice Cruz Reynoso found that UC Davis police had violated policy and that campus administrators mishandled the November 2011 campus protest.

In May, a separate draft report about campus responses to civil disobedience across UC urged administrators to use mediation instead of confrontation in most cases, although it said pepper spray might remain a necessary tool of last resort. A final version was released this month with no major policy changes. …


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  1. Fred Killer

    Pepper spray the overzealous pepper sprayers in public, in the face while tied to a chair, mouth and eyes open, then ban it’s manufacture and use worldwide.

    No civilised nation should need it.

    Next, arm a proportion of civilians, (carefully selected adults of sound mind and body), so that as genuine first responders, action can be taken quickly when necessary to prevent loss of innocent life in many common theft and hijack situations involving potentially lethal weapons such as armed robbery.

    Maybe then, people will respect eachother’s right to be left the hell alone, not knowing who might be armed but knowing that someone close by WILL be.

    Yeah, there’ll be lots of dead initially but most of them will be thugs.

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