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UC Davis police chief placed on administrative leave

10:29 AM, Nov 21, 2011   |    comments
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DAVIS, CA - UC Davis representative Pat Bailey announced Monday that campus Police Chief Annette Spicuzza was placed on administrative  leave, pending review of officers' use of pepper spray against protesters on Friday.

The move comes two days after a pair of UC Davis officers were placed on leave following the incident

UC Davis Chancellor Linda P.B. Katehi said Lt. Matt Carmichael will serve as interim police chief.  Katehi said the action was taken in order to restore trust in the campus police.

"I take full responsibility for the events on Friday and am extremely saddened by what occurred," Katehi said. "I eagerly await the results of the review, and intend to act quickly to implement reforms that will safeguard the rights of our students, faculty and staff to engage in non-violent protest."

Katehi also called the Yolo County District Attorney's Office to further investigate the use of force administered by police at Friday's protest, said Bailey.

According to Vice Chancellor John Meyer, Spicuzza's placement on administrative leave was done to "allow a fact-based review of events, assist in calming the community environment, and allow the department to focus on its current and substantial demands."

Bailey said a task force will be initiated Monday to review the events and will issue its recommendations as to actions against police within 30 days.

Katehi plans to hold a series of meetings and forums with students to address their concerns and listen to ideas for restoring harmony on the campus.


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