Pepper Spray Suit Filed

Thursday, February 23, 2012 - 11:49am

UC Davis students pepper-sprayed by campus cop file federal suit.

On Wednesday 19 students and alumni of the University of California Davis filed a federal lawsuit against the university over their treatment during a November 18 protest.

The group demonstrating in the campus quad was doused with pepper spray after refusing to disperse.

The lawsuit claims the university violated the demonstrators' constitutional rights and failed to properly train and supervise campus police.

On November 18 students gathered at the quad on the campus of UC Davis to demonstrate against tuition hikes.

The students attempted to set up a campsite to "occupy the quad" in protest.

The university has a policy against overnight camping.

The police pepper-sprayed the students who were seated on the quad in a circle.

The incident was caught on camera and went viral, drawing national attention.

The lawsuit states the students want the university to change police procedures along with punitive and compensatory damages.

UC Davis issued a statement through spokesman Barry Schiller that reads: "Attorneys for the university and the plaintiffs have been talking. We hope those conversations continue."

The university declined other comment.

Two different investigations have been launched into the incident.

The university is in the process of an internal investigation.

An independent investigation has been ongoing for months.

Cruz Renoso is heading it up and expects it to wrap in early March.

Two UC Davis police officers, along with Police Chief Annette Spicuzza, are on paid administrative leave during the investigation.

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