University of California Launches Investigation After Police Use Pepper Spray on Student Protestors

Posted: Updated:
Print Article
US PROTESTORS
Police Pepper Spray Protestors | YouTube

A university is to launch an investigation after a YouTube video showing police using pepper spray to clear student protestors went viral.

The footage shows officers blasting peacefully-seated demonstrators in the face with the chemicals who are shown attempting to cover their faces from the potent spray. The students, from University of California, Davis, organised the protest as a show of solidarity with fellow demonstrators at the Berkley university who were hit by police batons earlier this month.

UC Davis police chief Annette Spicuzza told local press the situation was "volatile" and police took action after being surrounded by the students.

But the body representing academic staff at the university, the Davis Faculty Association, condemned the actions saying the force was "excessive".

"We demand the chancellors of the University of California cease using police violence to repress non-violent political protests."

Around the Web

Hundreds of UC Davis students protest pepper-spraying by police ...

UC Davis chancellor apologizes for pepper-spray incident - latimes ...

Incensed, California's Student Protesters Dig In Their Heels ...

UC Davis protesters confront chancellor

UC Davis students erect new encampment, continue protesting police use of ...

Pepper-spray affair shows campus police walk fine line

Police say use of pepper spray in Poconos few and far between

Campus cops pepper spray students