UC Davis Marks A Year Since Pepper-Spraying By Cops

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It's been one year since UC Davis police infamously pepper-sprayed students who were camped out in protest on the campus quad, and university officials say they have learned a valuable lesson.

During a Wednesday interview, school officials reflected on the event and vowed again not to repeat the mistakes of last fall.

"It was clear that we needed a different philosophy," said Provost and Executive Vice Chancellor Ralph Hexter. "That would be patience."

The episode unfolded a year ago today after campus police were sent in to remove tents set up on the quad during a multi-day demonstration against service cuts and tuition hikes. The situation grew tense as students refused the orders to disperse and encircled officers, chanting for the release of protesters who had been arrested.

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