Full UC Davis Pepper Spray Report Released

Reynoso Task Force Report: "The pepper spraying incident that took place on November 18, 2011 should and could have been prevented."

The full UC Davis pepper spray report was released Wednesday at noon. A presentation of its finding will take place at at 3:30 p.m. 

If you see anything noteworthy in the report (which is 190 pages long), please share in the comments below or email me at justin.cox@patch.com. I'll be combing the text as well, but the community's eyes would be greatly appreciated. 

You can read the full Reynoso Report here. We'll have it uploaded to this article shortly. Here's the introduction:

Our overriding conclusion can be stated briefly and explicitly. The pepper spraying incident that took place on November 18, 2011 should and could have been prevented.

On November 18, 2011, University of California, Davis, police officers used pepper spray on students sitting in a line in the midst of a protest and “occupation” on the campus quad. Viral images of the incident triggered immediate and widespread condemnation of the police action...

To follow today's coverage of the report's release: 

Ian Arnold April 14, 2012 at 11:33 PM
"UCDPD General Order No. 559 provides that pepper spray can be used, but specifically refers to the MK-4 (a smaller canister). Furthermore, the investigation found no evidence that any UCDPD officer had been trained in the use of the larger MK-9. Kroll supported their conclusion that use of pepper spray was not reasonable use of force by stating, “This conclusion is buttressed by the facts that the MK-9 was not an authorized weapon under UCDPD guidelines and that UCDPD officers were not trained in its use.” The Task Force agrees." "The command and leadership structure of the UCDPD is very dysfunctional. Lieutenants refused to follow directives of the Chief. This breakdown is illustrated by the heated exchanges between the Chief and her Lieutenants as to the scope and conduct of the operation and the Chief's apparent concession that her officers will do things their own way and there is nothing she can do about it." So out of control officers in an out of control force acted abhorrently when they used a weapon that wasn't authorized and that they weren't trained to use. Additionally, there was no plan nor justification for the use of any force. Hopefully those who previously defended the UCPD actions here will read the report and acknowledge the facts. So
Ian Arnold April 14, 2012 at 11:36 PM
The three questions that come immediately to mind are these: Who authorized the purchase of the unauthorized weapons? If the Chief can't control her officers, why is she the Chief? If officers won't follow directives of the Chief, why are they still police officers?


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