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June 30, 2009 | Tony Perry
The San Diego County Sheriff's Department has begun an internal affairs investigation into a deputy's use of pepper spray to make an arrest at a political fundraiser. The probe was ordered after Democratic congressional hopeful Francine Busby met with Undersheriff Bill Gore to complain about the incident Friday at a home in a Cardiff neighborhood. Busby is seeking her party's nomination for a rematch next year with Rep.
March 15, 1995 | MAKI BECKER
A pepper spray certification program will take place April 22 from 10 a.m. to noon at Valley College in Van Nuys. Bobbie Boulton, program manager of Valley College's community services department, said no pepper spray will be sold at the college's April 22 program and that, contrary to a previous announcement, the college is not sponsoring a similar event March 29. Boulton said she suspects that another group set up the March 29 event to raise money for its own organization.
June 20, 1995
The growing number of fatalities supposedly caused by pepper spray makes a persuasive case for going slow in easing restrictions on public sale and possession of the chemical agent. Despite the concern about pepper spray, which has been legally available in California for only a little more than a year, state Atty. Gen. Dan Lungren and others are pushing for state legislation that would undo restrictions on its sale and use.
September 13, 2012 | By Larry Gordon, Los Angeles Times
SAN FRANCISCO - The University of California will pay damages to the UC Davis students and alumni who were pepper sprayed by campus police during an otherwise peaceful protest 10 months ago, officials said Thursday. The UC regents, in a closed-door meeting, approved the proposed settlement payment to 21 UC Davis students and alumni who sued the university and contended their civil rights were violated in the widely criticized pepper spray incident. However, both UC officials and the ACLU of Northern California, which is representing the students in the lawsuit, refused to divulge settlement details, saying the rules of the agreement talks require a federal judge to review the matter before it can be made public.
November 24, 2011 | By Carla Rivera, Los Angeles Times
Members of a University of California faculty group on Wednesday voiced opposition to the hiring of former Los Angeles Police Chief William J. Bratton to lead an investigation into the pepper spraying of student protesters at UC Davis, arguing that his background made him an inappropriate choice. The professors also complained that faculty and students were not consulted, and asserted that UC President Mark G. Yudof's involvement in selecting Bratton posed a conflict. "The office of the president should not be investigating itself in this matter, when one thing that needs to be investigated is what role the office had," said UC Santa Cruz professor Robert Meister, president of the Council of UC Faculty Assns.
June 27, 2012 | By Lee Romney, Los Angeles Times
OAKLAND - Siding with the Los Angeles Times and the Sacramento Bee, an Alameda County Superior Court judge Tuesday ordered University of California officials to release the names of UC Davis police officers that were removed from a critical report on the pepper-spraying of student protesters. The newspapers sued the UC Board of Regents last month under the California Public Records Act to compel release of the names - all but two of which had been withheld under a settlement agreement in a separate case.
February 23, 2012 | By Larry Gordon, Los Angeles Times
Three months after being pepper sprayed or allegedly roughed up by UC Davis campus police during an Occupy demonstration, 19 students and alumni Wednesday filed a federal lawsuit claiming that their free speech and assembly rights were violated in the controversial incident. The suit names Chancellor Linda Katehi as a defendant, along with other campus administrators and police officers. It details allegations against campus police Lt. John Pike, who the suit says sprayed the seated or crouching protesters at close range, causing pain to their eyes and faces.
April 10, 2014 | By Paige St. John
SACRAMENTO -- A federal judge Thursday called California's use of large amounts of pepper spray to subdue mentally ill prisoners a "horrific" violation of constitutional protections against cruel and unusual punishment. U.S. District Judge Lawrence Karlton's order requires California to continue revising policies that govern how mentally ill inmates in the state's prisons are disciplined, including the use of solitary confinement. He found that such isoaltion of mentally ill inmates "can and does cause serious psychological harm" and must be limited.
December 21, 2012 | By Houston Mitchell
Alabama police used pepper spray after customers got unruly while waiting for a chance to buy the newest Nike Air Jordans in Huntsville. The new Air Jordan 11 Bred kicks didn't even go on sale Thursday. All you got for your effort was a wristband that allowed you to come back to the store Friday to buy them when they arrived.  Big problem: There were about 100 people in line, but only 35 wristbands. When most of the crowd realized they would be shut out, they broke line in order to grab a wristband, causing a near-riot.
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