Nov 19, 2011 9:33 PM by Kirsten Bennett

UC Davis launches probe after pepper spray video

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - The University of California, Davis has launched an investigation in the wake of video showing an officer using pepper spray on a group of protesters who appear to be sitting passively on the ground with their arms interlocked.

Calling the video "chilling," UC Davis Chancellor Linda Katehi said on Saturday she is forming a task force made up of faculty, students and staff to review the events surrounding the protests a day earlier. Katehi made the announcement in a message to the campus.

In the video, the officer displays a bottle before spraying its contents on the seated protesters in a sweeping motion.

Police have said protesters were warned repeatedly beforehand that force would be used if they didn't move.


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