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Wednesday, February 22, 2012

UC Davis Students Sue University Over Lt. John Pike's Pepper-Spraying Tactics

Posted By on Wed, Feb 22, 2012 at 12:33 PM

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It would be difficult to forget the controversial pepper-spraying incident at UC Davis last year after the Internet made a meme out of Lt. John Pike callously dousing peaceful protesters with the chemical.

Those students sure haven't forgotten it.

Those same students, along with some UC Davis, alumni filed a lawsuit against the school yesterday, claiming the university violated the demonstrators' constitutional rights, and seeking campus

policies to prevent similar responses to nonviolent protests, as well

as unspecified damages.

Remore here:

The lawsuit comes as no surprise, considering the level of outrage the incident created. After images of Pike spraying protesters, who had set up their own Occupy camp, circulated the Internet, university officials suspended UC Davis Police Chief Annette Spicuzza, and Pike was placed on administrative leave.

And then Anonymous threatened Pike, with this amazing video:

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Erin Sherbert was the Online News Editor for SF Weekly from 2010 to 2015. She's a Texas native and has a closet full of cowboy boots to prove it.


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