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Thu Sep 20, 2012, 01:45 AM

Pepper-spraying campus police won't face charges

Source: Associated Press

DAVIS, Calif. (AP) — The University of California, Davis police officers who doused students and alumni with pepper spray during a campus protest last November won't face criminal charges, prosecutors said Wednesday.

The chemical crackdown prompted widespread condemnation, campus protests and calls for the resignation of Chancellor Linda Katehi after videos shot by witnesses were widely played online. Images of an officer casually spraying orange pepper-spray in the faces of nonviolent protesters became a rallying point for the Occupy Wall Street movement.

But the Yolo County District Attorney's office said in a statement that there was insufficient evidence to prove the use of force was illegal.

A task force appointed by the university concluded in April that the Nov. 18 pepper-spraying was "objectively unreasonable" and could have been prevented.



Read more: http://news.yahoo.com/pepper-spraying-campus-police-wont-face-charges-032232434.html



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Reply Pepper-spraying campus police won't face charges (Original post)
cory777 Sep 2012 OP
bemildred Sep 2012 #1
NYC_SKP Sep 2012 #2
MiaCulpa Sep 2012 #3
jberryhill Sep 2012 #4
MiaCulpa Sep 2012 #11
yardwork Sep 2012 #9
Festivito Sep 2012 #5
VWolf Sep 2012 #6
Auggie Sep 2012 #7
WilliamPitt Sep 2012 #8
Ash_F Sep 2012 #10
blackspade Sep 2012 #12
leftyohiolib Sep 2012 #13

Response to cory777 (Original post)

Thu Sep 20, 2012, 01:46 AM

1. But they can be sued. nt

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Response to bemildred (Reply #1)

Thu Sep 20, 2012, 01:52 AM

2. +1,000,000 $$$$$

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Response to bemildred (Reply #1)

Thu Sep 20, 2012, 01:53 AM

3. They have no jobs.

The students likely don't have money to even attempt to sue, student debt and all.

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Response to MiaCulpa (Reply #3)

Thu Sep 20, 2012, 02:03 AM

4. Uh... They did sue, and received a large settlement.

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Response to jberryhill (Reply #4)

Thu Sep 20, 2012, 01:56 PM

11. awesome!

Thanks, had not heard that.

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Response to MiaCulpa (Reply #3)

Thu Sep 20, 2012, 09:31 AM

9. Insurance settlement.

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Response to cory777 (Original post)

Thu Sep 20, 2012, 06:07 AM

5. "insufficient evidence"? Oh my! /nt

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Response to Festivito (Reply #5)

Thu Sep 20, 2012, 08:40 AM

6. Silly commoner!

Dontcha know?

One set of rules for us.
Another set for them.

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Response to cory777 (Original post)

Thu Sep 20, 2012, 08:43 AM

7. The official press release:

(Woodland, CA) No criminal charges will be filed against University of California, Davis officers involved in the November 18, 2011, pepper spraying of students on the University Quad. A 13 page District Attorney report outlines the reasons for the determination.

The report concludes “viewing the incident through the totality of the circumstances, there is insufficient evidence to establish proof beyond a reasonable doubt that the use of force involved in the November 18, 2011, pepper spraying was unlawful and therefore warrants the filing of criminal charges.”

The report defines the legal role of a prosecutor in investigating officer involved misconduct, “The review by Yolo County District Attorney’s Office does not involve an evaluation of administrative, civil or Internal Affairs liability for the participants and it does not involve a review of whether policies and procedures were appropriately followed. In addition, our review does not encompass recommendations concerning how policies and procedures might be altered to minimize potential future risks. The scope of the District Attorney’s review is solely an evaluation of whether the filing of criminal charges is warranted by the events of November 18, 2011.”

The report relies heavily on the factual determinations of the Kroll Report and cites numerous facts and evidence contained within the Kroll Report. Although the Kroll Report concluded that the conduct of Lieutenant Pike was not objectively reasonable, the report acknowledges that the officers in general, “and Lieutenant Pike specifically, believed that they and their prisoners were surrounded by a hostile ‘mob,’ and that the pepper spraying was necessary to clear the pathway so that the officers and their prisoners could leave the Quad safely” and that “a detailed review of the events provides some support for their position.” The District Attorney’s report concludes that in light of these conclusions from the Kroll Report and the additional evidence obtained during the District Attorney’s review of the evidence that there is insufficient evidence to warrant the filing of criminal charges.


For more information, please contact Assistant Chief Deputy District Attorney Michael J. Cabral at (530) 666-8406 or via email at michael.cabral@yolocounty.org.

LINK: http://www.yolocounty.org/Index.aspx?page=26&recordid=2167&returnURL=%2findex.aspx%3fpage%3d510

It's easier to base findings on a third-party report than to conduct your own research. Bastards.

The Yolo County D.A. is Jeff Reisig: http://www.jeffreisig.com

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Response to cory777 (Original post)

Thu Sep 20, 2012, 09:13 AM

8. Insufficient evidence.

No words.

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Response to cory777 (Original post)

Thu Sep 20, 2012, 11:24 AM

10. Yolo county DA is a RW Republican

Quick google search finds him plagiarizing articles bashing the ACLU

http://davisvanguard.org/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=5581:reisig-lifts-huge-portions-of-op-ed-from-da-scullys-april-piece&Itemid=100

...seeking sloppy unconstitutional injunctions(struck down as such)

http://daviswiki.org/Jeff_Reisig

Hand-picked as the favorite successor of the previous DA, whose reign was marred by corruption and malfeasance, and criticized his opponent's disability in a campaign add to barely eek out a win.

http://davisvanguard.blogspot.com/2006/12/2006-year-in-davis-review_6269.html





Young future Yolo county voters take note. Be careful who you vote for.

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Response to cory777 (Original post)

Thu Sep 20, 2012, 02:16 PM

12. Unreal

This is just more ass covering for the militarized police.
Prosecutors will go after OWS protesters for the flimsiest shit and make up charges, but the thugs that beat the crap out of them walk scott free.

What a disgrace. What ever happened to professional ethics?

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Response to cory777 (Original post)

Sun Sep 23, 2012, 01:19 PM

13. how can that picture be insufficient evidence

 

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