Two University of California Davis police officers involved in the pepper spraying of protesters who were peacefully sitting and linking arms were placed on paid administrative leave, reports the San Francisco Chronicle. University president Mark Yudof said he was “appalled” by the use of force against nonviolent campus protesters and said he would convene a meeting of chancellors from all 10 UC campuses to ensure law enforcement reacts proportionally to future protests.
Videos showing officers wearing riot gear and pepper spraying a line of demonstrators seated on the ground Friday as part of an Occupy Davis movement went viral, drawing furious responses on YouTube, Facebook and Twitter. Protesters had erected about 25 tents on the campus quad, leading to the police response. Ten protesters were cited and released on misdemeanor charges of unlawful assembly and failure to disperse. Eleven were treated on campus after being pepper sprayed, and two were taken to a local hospital and released, the university said.