UC Davis settles for $1 million with pepper-sprayed students
The University of California has agreed to pay about $1 million to the UC Davis students who were pepper-sprayed by campus police last November. We're taking a closer look at this interesting story from the Current community. Check it out and add your two cents:
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Last year, images of a police officer spraying orange pepper spray in the faces of peaceful protesters became a symbol of the Occupy Wall Street movement. The incident sparked national outrage when the videos of the protest went viral.
Under the proposed settlement, UC would pay $30,000 to each of 21 plaintiffs named in the complaint and an additional $250,000 for their attorneys to split. Also under the agreement, UC Davis Chancellor Linda Katehi will be required to issue a formal written apology to each person hit with the spray.
Fatima Sbeih, one of the plaintiffs in the lawsuit, said in a statement the incident created a divide between students and campus police, The Los Angeles Times reported.
Since Nov. 18, students have been afraid of the police. The university still needs to work to rebuild students’ trust and this settlement is a step in the right direction,” said Sbeih, who recently graduated with a degree in international studies, according to the Times.
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