Pepper-Sprayed UC Students Get $30K Each

Davis campus must pay out about $1M total
By John Johnson,  Newser Staff
Posted Sep 26, 2012 3:25 PM CDT
In this Nov. 18, 2011, file photo, Lt. John Pike of the University of California, Davis, police department uses pepper spray on Occupy UC Davis protesters.   (AP Photo/The Enterprise, Wayne Tilcock, File)

(Newser) – One of the more notorious incidents of the Occupy movement will result in a payday for the students involved. The University of California will pay $30,000 to each of the 21 students who were methodically pepper-sprayed by a Davis campus cop, reports the San Francisco Chronicle. The school also will pay the ACLU $250,000 and work with the group to set up policies on how to handle future demonstrations. The settlement also calls for about $100,000 to be set aside in case more students come forward, reports AP.

"I want to make sure that nothing like this happens again," said one of the student plaintiffs. "The university still needs to work to rebuild students' trust, and this settlement is a step in the right direction." If any of the students involved were state residents who lived on campus, the award takes care of about a year's worth of UC Davis costs.

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