It’s human nature to assume a coverup when full disclosures are not made by any Police Department, especially when defenseless college students were violated by UC Davis campus police. An Alameda County Superior Court Judge gave authorization for UC Davis to release most of the investigative reports stemming from the pepper-spray incident and arrest of nonviolent Occupy UC Davis protesters that occurred on November 18th. Attorneys for UC and the University Police Officers have until a March 28th hearing to determine if the disputed portions of the reports are released. Concealing any portions of these reports would not be beneficial and would only prolong the embarrassment this situation has caused. It’s not known when UC will dispense the material.
The reports were only a fact-finding operation and do not recommend any disciplinary action. UC attorneys argued the reports should be released in full, while the Federated University Police Officers Association are asking that portions not be disclosed to the public. Everyone has seen the horrific YouTube and those pictures are worth a thousand words. Six to ten police officers are under investigation among the thirty-five that took part in the clearing of the protesters on the Quad at UC Davis. Three department employees have been placed on administrative leave. The dispute between UC and the Police Department are over the release of officer names that were involved in the pepper-spraying episode.
The judge’s ruling expressed some concerns about whether some material in the reports violated the privacy rights of the officers under investigation. Some officers that witnessed the pepper-spraying were given immunity from discipline, while others that were under scrutiny were not interviewed. How could union attorneys object to a photo that has went viral and been viewed worldwide. Now that bickering attorneys are involved, this case might proceed through eternity with lawsuits and court motions. This case will be discussed and analyzed among historians, college students and the general public for ages. Please visit my website www.JohnnyBrooksHomes.com for helpful tips on buying or selling a home, scan my informative blogs, join my professional networks at Twitter and LinkedIn and to view local area homes for sale in Davis, California and the surrounding communities.