UC Davis Pepper-Spray Report To Be Released Without Most Cops' Names

Wednesday, April 11, 2012
The University of California's investigative report into the controversial pepper-spraying of student protesters by UC Davis campus police is expected to be released publicly Wednesday — with most officers' names removed. After a monthlong legal battle delaying the release, UC and its police union reached a tentative legal settlement Monday that would allow the public disclosure of most of the report about police tactics and UC Davis administrators' roles in the November incident. However, the agreement calls for the names and ranks of most of the UC Davis police officers to be stripped from the document. Under the agreement, only the names of Lt. John Pike, the officer shown spraying students in a highly viewed online video, and that of UC Davis Police Chief Annette Spicuzza would be included. More than 15 UC Davis officers were reportedly named in the original version of the report that the union sought to block, contending it would violate privacy rules and lead to harassment. The report now is tentatively scheduled to be released online at noon Wednesday on the UC Davis home page, http://www.ucdavis.edu. Later Wednesday, the UC panel that investigated the event is expected to present the findings and field questions from students and faculty at a UC Davis campus forum.

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