The police chief and two unidentified officers at UC Davis have been placed on administrative leave following a pepper spraying incident the University of California system president says he is “appalled” by.
Cell phone videos posted online of the incident show an officer in riot gear spraying a line of students as they sit on the ground with their arms intertwined. The students were protesting as part of the worldwide “Occupy Wall Street” movement.
Nine students hit by pepper spray were treated at the scene, while two were taken the hospital and later released, university officials said. Ten people were arrested.
UC Davis Chancellor Linda Katehi said in a statement on Sunday that “I spoke with students this weekend and I feel their outrage.” Katehi set a 30-day timetable for her task force to investigate the incident and publish its report. Meanwhile, outraged alumni, students and faculty have called for Katehi’s resignation. The UC Davis faculty association called her actions a “gross failure of leadership.”