Documents Shed Light On Impact Of Pepper-Spraying Crisis At UC Davis

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Thursday, October 11, 2012

Nearly a year after police pepper-sprayed students on the University of California, Davis, campus, UC officials released more than 9,500 pages of internal documents and emails Tuesday that provide the greatest glimpse yet of the incident's impact and aftermath.

The documents, released in response to Public Records Act requests from The Bee and numerous other media organizations, illustrate how quickly university officials were bombarded with thousands of angry emails from around the world, many demanding the resignation of Chancellor Linda P.B. Katehi.

The term "Hitler" is repeated 22 times in the 9,526 newly released pages, while "Gestapo" is used 16 times in incendiary messages to various UC Davis officials.

"You must feel very powerful right now having been directly responsible for the bodily harm to students," read one email sent to Katehi the morning after the Nov. 18 incident. "Good job there chancellor."

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