UC Davis police sued over pepper-spraying

The suit was filed in U.S. District Court in Sacramento by 17 students and two graduates who took part in the demonstration


By Bob Egelko
The San Francisco Chronicle

SACRAMENTO — UC Davis students who were pepper-sprayed by campus police during a sit-down Occupy protest sued the officers and university administrators in federal court Wednesday, claiming excessive force and suppression of free speech.

The Nov. 18 demonstration became a rallying image for the Occupy movement around the country after a video showed UC Davis officers, one identified as Lt. John Pike, dispassionately spraying the stinging chemical into the eyes of seated students at close range.

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