Pepper-Sprayed Students to Receive Payout

UC Davis wants to put Occupy incident behind it
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Sep 14, 2012 4:54 AM CDT
In this Nov. 18, 2011 file photo, Lt. John Pike uses pepper spray on Occupy UC Davis protesters.    (AP Photo/The Enterprise, Wayne Tilcock, File)

(Newser) – The University of California has agreed to cough up an undisclosed amount in damages to students and alumni doused in pepper spray during a peaceful protest last fall. Officials have approved a payment to 21 people who sued after the incident at an Occupy protest at UC Davis, reports the Los Angeles Times. Details of the settlement won't be released until after a federal judge reviews the agreement. Video of a police officer spraying the seated students went viral. The officer was suspended afterward and no longer works at UC Davis.

"We did an injustice to our students that day at Davis, and some amount of recompense is appropriate," says the UC student regent. "More importantly, it's time for us as an institution to publicly acknowledge that's not the way we should treat our students; we were wrong, and we are moving forward."

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