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UC officials reach settlement in pepper-spray case

Posted: September 14, 2012 6:00 a.m.
Updated: September 14, 2012 6:00 a.m.

Geoffrey Wildanger, one of the students pepper sprayed by campus police officers at the University of California, Davis, last November, questions members of a task force on April 11.

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The University of California Regents has reached a proposed settlement with UC Davis students and alumni hit with pepper spray during a campus protest last November.

Neither the University's lawyers nor the plaintiffs' lawyers would comment Thursday on details of the settlement agreement which still requires a federal judge's approval.

A suit was filed in February by 21 current and former students who were pepper-sprayed during the Nov. 18 Occupy demonstrations.

The incident has already cost the university system plenty of money, including $445,879 to an independent consulting group that conducted an independent review of the pepper-spraying.

The officers captured on video spraying the seated students are no longer with the campus police department.

The settlement comes on the same day a UC report is recommending that a university Chancellor or a designee should make any final decisions when police are contemplating use of force during campus protests.


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