US school to pay US$1 mil. to settle pepper-spray suit
September 28, 2012, 1:00 pm TWN
SAN FRANCISCO -- The University of California has agreed to pay US$1 million to settle a lawsuit filed by demonstrators who were pepper-sprayed during an Occupy protest at UC Davis last fall, according to a preliminary settlement filed Wednesday.
The Nov. 18, 2011, incident prompted national outrage, angry campus protests and calls for the resignation of Chancellor Linda Katehi after online videos shot by witnesses went viral.
Images of a police officer casually spraying orange pepper-spray in the faces of nonviolent protesters became a rallying symbol for the Occupy Wall Street movement. The demonstrators had been protesting steep tuition hikes and police brutality.
Under the proposed settlement, UC would pay US$30,000 to each of 21 plaintiffs named in the complaint and an additional US$250,000 for their attorneys to split.