The police chief at the University of California at Davis has been placed on administrative leave while officials investigate officers’ use of pepper spray against protesters, the university said in a statement Monday.
“As I have gathered more information about the events that took place on our Quad on Friday, it has become clear to me that this is a necessary step toward restoring trust on our campus,” UC Davis Chancellor Linda Katehi said in the statement.
On Sunday the university said it had placed two police officers on administrative leave after video of them pepper-spraying non-violent protesters at point-blank range sparked outrage at school officials.
The decision to place Chief Annette Spicuzza on administrative leave was necessary to allow “a fact-based review of events, assist in calming the community environment and allow the department to focus on its current and substantial demands,” Vice Chancellor John Meyer said in a letter to police department staff quoted in the university’s statement.
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