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Tentative deal reached in pepper-spray suit

The University of California Board of Regents will decide next Thursday whether to approve a settlement with Occupy UC Davis protesters who were pepper-sprayed by police. The regents will meet at UC San Francisco Mission Bay.

Terms of the agreement will remain confidential until both sides seek approval for it in federal court.

The lawsuit, filed in February by attorneys for 21 protesters, most of them students, accused UC Davis and its Police Department of improper training and supervision of its officers resulting in the use …

Investigators paid $230,256 as pepper-spray costs climb

UC Davis paid two consultants $230,256 to mount its internal affairs investigation on last November’s pepper-spraying of student protesters — an investigation that produced recommendations Chief Matt Carmichael opted to overrule. UCD paid Van Dermyden Allison Law Corp. of Sacramento $148,349 and Yorba Linda-based Norman A. Traub Associates $81,907 to investigate the Nov. 18 arrest of 10 Occupy UC Davis protesters […]

Report: Chief fired Pike; panel urged ‘exoneration’

Chief Matt Carmichael fired former UC Davis police Lt. John Pike on Tuesday despite an internal affairs investigation that deemed Pike’s use of pepper-spray on protesters “reasonable.”

A panel that reviewed the report recommended Pike face a suspension or demotion for using force against a dozen seated, unarmed Occupy UC Davis protesters on Nov. 18, according to a Wednesday report by The Sacramento Bee. The newspaper based its article on documents it obtained including the 76-page internal affairs report.

“The needs of the department do not justify your continued employment,” Carmichael …

Pepper-spraying pair no longer UCD officers

The UC Davis police lieutenant who became the target of a worldwide outcry, John Pike, and a second officer who doused Occupy UC Davis protesters with pepper spray, Alexander Lee, are no longer employed by the university.

In response to repeated Enterprise inquiries about Pike’s job status, UCD spokeswoman Claudia Morain said Pike was no longer an officer as of Wednesday. She declined to say if Pike was fired or resigned, citing state law and university policies protecting the confidentiality of personnel decisions.

Pike, whose annual salary …

Judge: Release names in pepper-spray reports

An Alameda Superior Court judge changed course on Tuesday, ordering that the names of police officers redacted in reports on the pepper-spraying of Occupy UC Davis protesters be made public. Judge Evelio Grillo issued the ruling in response to a lawsuit filed by the Los Angeles Times and Sacramento Bee under the public records act. […]

2 Occupy the Farm protesters won’t face charges

BERKELEY — Alameda County prosecutors have decided not to file charges against two women arrested on suspicion of trespassing during the Occupy the Farm protest on UC Berkeley-owned land in Albany, officials said Tuesday. Campus police officers arrested nine protesters May 14 on the university’s 10-acre Gill Tract near Marin and San Pablo avenues after a three-week standoff. Last week, […]

With turnout ‘anemic,’ election runs smoothly

WOODLAND — The Yolo County Elections Office put on another big show on Tuesday, with 500 staff and volunteer workers, but a crowd failed to materialize. About 40 percent of the county’s 96,961 voters looked to have cast a ballot. “It’s what I would call ‘anemic,’ ” said County Clerk/Recorder Freddie Oakley. “It’s a cause […]

Wood picked to lead Minnesota campus

The University of Minnesota, Crookston, on Monday named as its new chancellor Fred Wood, UC Davis’ vice chancellor of student affairs. Wood will take office July 2, pending approval by the university’s board of regents. He will replace Charles Casey, who plans to retire in June. “Fred brings outstanding administrative and academic credentials, a passion for […]

Yudof affirms support for Katehi

University of California President Mark Yudof on Wednesday repeated his support for UC Davis Chancellor Linda Katehi following the release of reports on the Nov. 18 pepper-spraying of protesters on campus. “Whatever mistakes were made, Chancellor Katehi has stepped up and taken full responsibility,” Yudof said during his opening remarks at the UC Board of […]

Uniting UCD will take time, lawmakers told

Four reports have been written about the Nov. 18 pepper-spraying of unarmed Occupy UC Davis protesters or the UC system’s policing of protests.

Now, the hard work begins.

“It’s time to move forward,” state Sen. Lois Wolk, D-Davis, said Tuesday during a three-hour joint legislative hearing on police use of force at UC and California State University campuses.

“What my concern, right now, is that there needs to be a shared understanding on the campus …”

Police raid Occupy camp on UC Berkeley land

ALBANY (AP) — University of California police raided a four-week Occupy encampment at a college-owned farm used for agriculture research early Monday, arresting nine people after protesters ignored yet another weekend deadline to leave. About 100 officers clad in riot gear arrived shortly after 6 a.m. at the camp known as Occupy the Farm, but there was no violence, university spokesman […]

Bank protesters plead not guilty

The so-called “Banker’s Dozen” crowded into Yolo County Superior Court on Thursday with five attorneys in tow — well-known San Francisco defense attorney J. Tony Serra among them — then pleaded not guilty to misdemeanor charges stemming from their blockade of a bank branch.

The 11 UC Davis students and one professor will next appear before Judge David Reed for a pre-trial conference on June 1, with the case likely to receive a July trial date.

The protesters face 20 counts each of obstructing movement on a street or in a public place and one count each of conspiracy to commit a misdemeanor.

As Katehi talks of ‘lessons learned,’ some faculty call censure wrong

UC Davis Chancellor Linda Katehi said Wednesday that relying on bad information and a flawed decision-making process caused her to be to quick to send in police to remove an Occupy Davis encampment. The bungled police operation of Nov. 18 followed, with a dozen protesters pepper-sprayed and 10 more arrested. The chancellor gave some of her […]

University files suit over farm encampment

By Terry Collins SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The University of California filed a lawsuit Wednesday against protesters occupying a patch of UC Berkeley property where they planted crops nearly two weeks ago. The suit filed in Alameda County Superior alleges that the group of 14 unnamed protesters conspired to cut locks, trespass and establish an illegal encampment. University officials are […]