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UC Davis Faces Lawsuit for Occupy Protest Pepper Spray Incident

• February 22, 2012 by Common Dreams
 The University of Califoria-Davis is facing a lawsuit following an incident at a student-led Occupy rally last November where students were pepper-sprayed by campus police. Video footage of the incident went viral and was among a handful of particularly alarming video-documented cases of police using excessive force against peaceful citizens who were protesting rampant US inequality and Wall Street greed.
The Associated Press reports today:

Nineteen students and alumni at the University of California, Davis filed the complaint in U.S. District Court in Sacramento on Tuesday.

The lawsuit is the latest fallout from the Nov. 18 incident, when campus police pepper-sprayed sitting protesters who had set up an Occupy camp. Widely viewed online videos of the incident generated national outrage and calls for the chancellor's resignation.
The lawsuit claims the university violated the demonstrators' constitutional rights and seeks campus policies to prevent similar responses to non-violent protests, as well as unspecified damages.

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