A number of students and two alumni have filed a federal lawsuit against UC Davis. There were a couple of facts that were assured after the pepper spray incident on November 18th, one being it would make national headlines and the other certainty were lawsuits would occur. The university and the campus Police Department are being accused of failure to properly train its officers, which resulted in the use of excessive force. These were nonviolent Occupy UC Davis protest that got out of control when police used military-grade pepper-spray against the defenseless protesters. The defendants are seeking compensatory and punitive damages.
Approximately three dozen officers wearing helmets and batons cleared a day old sit-in that originated on the UCD Quad. it’s obvious dressed in that attire, the officers were preparing for a battle. About a dozen protesters sat in front of the officers and locked arms, which culminated in the cowardly pepper-spray incident. The episode drew worldwide scorn after YouTube videos went viral. Two police officers are now on administrative leave during the ongoing criminal investigation. The students were protesting the ever-increasing tuition cost and the wealth and power in the hands of a relative few.
Many lessons have been learned since November 18th, nonviolent demonstrations coupled with overzealous police officers are not a good combination. A few allegations are now coming to light since the filing of the lawsuit. Three officers pulled down and zip-tied the wrist of Charles Parker, a military veteran, aggravating an old combat injury. Parker asked for medical assistance, but was denied. One of the police officers has a number of complaints of violating people’s rights. The plaintiffs said they would be apprehensive about protesting in the future, due to this pepper-spray incident. Student Fatima Sbeih stated “The university needs to respect students rights to make our voices heard, especially when we’re protesting university policies that impact our studies”. Another student David Buscho, protesting for the first time, ending with him being sprayed and struggling to breathe. Buscho stated “Many of my friends can barely make ends meet and then another tuition hike was proposed”. The students felt the protest was justified and the pepper-spray incident violated their rights to free speech. Anyone feel the police were acting responsibly in their actions or that the students in some way, brought this on themselves? Please visit my website www.JohnnyBrooksHomes.com for helpful tips on buying or selling a home, scan my informative blogs or to view local area homes for sale in Davis, California and the surrounding communities.