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Judge approves settlement of UC Davis case involving pepper-sprayed protesters

The University of California Davis announced the approval by a federal judge of the settlement of a lawsuit involving Occupy UC Davis protesters who were pepper sprayed by UC-Davis police. The protesters, were seated and unarmed, were shown in numerous videos being pepper-sprayed by police dressed in riot gear.

The settlement totaled $1 million, with $650,000 going to the plaintiffs and $250,000 to the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), which represented the students. An additional $100,000 was set aside for potential future claims related to the police violence.

The University did not admit to any wrongdoing and the officer, who sprayed many of the students, had been cleared by the local district attorney's office of illegal use of force charges.

Nonetheless, the police force was criticized in a 190-page investigation of the protest and police response. The report found the use of pepper spray was not authorized and that there was "confusion as to the legal basis for the police operation."

The officer claimed he was "trapped" by protester, but video footage undercut most these claims, showing a line of seated, peaceful protesters being calmly sprayed by the riot-gear clad police officer.

An attorney for the ACLU, Michael Risher, said of the incident, "What happened on Nov. 18 was among the worst examples of police violence against student demonstrators that we've seen in a generation. The settlement should be a wake-up call for other universities and police departments."

Source: The Huffington Post, "UC Davis Pepper Spraying Saga Is Finally Over With Judge Approving Settlement," Tyler Kingkade, January 10, 2013

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