BREAKING NEWS: Pepper-Spray Report Due Out Wednesday


The University of California is apparently announcing a settlement of sorts, with the pepper-spray report due out on Wednesday.  The task force has scheduled the public release of its report and recommendations for the afternoon of Wednesday, April 11, at the University of California, Davis.
According to a release from UC, “The task force rescheduled the public release after attorneys for UC and the police union jointly asked an Alameda County Superior Court judge to lift a stay he had imposed.”



Pending the judge’s ruling after a hearing scheduled for Tuesday, April 10, the task force now plans to outline its findings and recommendations to the UC Davis community – students, faculty and staff – on Wednesday, April 11, from 3:30 to 4:45 p.m. in Freeborn Hall at UC Davis.

The downloadable task force findings, recommendations and background documents are tentatively scheduled to be available beginning at noon on April 11 at A live webcast of the public meeting will also be accessible from the campus home page, and audio will be broadcast live outside Freeborn Hall.

Former California Supreme Court Associate Justice Cruz Reynoso, chair of the task force, postponed public release of the task force report and the accompanying report from the Kroll consulting group, originally scheduled for March 6, after the union representing UC campus police officers requested a court order to halt public disclosure of the report.

Alameda County Superior Court Judge Evelio Grillo issued a ruling that cleared the way for public disclosure of nearly the entire report, except for names of some campus police officers, but imposed a stay until April 20 to allow police union attorneys time to prepare an appeal.

At the request of UC Davis Chancellor Linda P.B. Katehi, UC President Mark G. Yudof formed the task force on Nov. 21, 2011, and named Reynoso, Professor Emeritus at the UC Davis School of Law, as the chair. In addition to Reynoso, the task force members are mainly members of the UC Davis community, nominated by relevant constituencies.

—David M. Greenwald reporting

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David Greenwald is the founder, editor, and executive director of the Davis Vanguard. He founded the Vanguard in 2006. David Greenwald moved to Davis in 1996 to attend Graduate School at UC Davis in Political Science. He lives in South Davis with his wife Cecilia Escamilla Greenwald and three children.

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1 Comment

  1. David M. Greenwald

    The report will not have names according to Michael Risher of the ACLU. however, there will be nothing to prevent someone from suing under the public records act for the release of the names.

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