Chancellor Linda Katehi Lists Her Mistakes In UC Davis Pepper-Spray Incident

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Though she took "full responsibility" months ago, UC Davis Chancellor Linda P.B. Katehi detailed for lawmakers Tuesday specific mistakes she made in a campus pepper-spraying incident that sparked national headlines and outrage.

Katehi said she erred by setting a deadline to crack down on protesters camping at UCD and by having officers intervene in late afternoon.

"My senior administrators and I made mistakes of judgment and mistakes of execution," Katehi told a joint hearing of the Senate Education Committee and the Assembly Higher Education Committee in discussing UCD's handling of the tuition protest. "So did our campus police."

Katehi identified deficiencies in policies or procedures that contributed to the incident in which a campus officer sprayed a group of protesters sitting with arms locked on the sidewalk.

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