Report: U of California Pepper Spraying Could Have Been Prevented

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The infamous pepper spraying of UC Davis student protesters by University of California police in November "should and could have been prevented," says a new report that strongly criticizes campus and police handling of the incident.

The decision to use the chemical irritant was neither justified by events on campus nor authorized by policy, says the long-awaited report, released Wednesday.

The study sheds light on what led UC police officers to coat about 20 protesters with pepper spray as the group sat huddled in a line the afternoon of Nov. 18.

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