Pepper-spray cops can be named, says appeal ruling

Published: Thursday, Jul. 25, 2013 - 12:00 am | Page 2B
Last Modified: Thursday, Jul. 25, 2013 - 6:21 am

A state appellate court has ruled that the names of UC Davis police officers involved in the 2011 pepper spray incident on campus are public record and must be released, but there is no guarantee the names will be revealed soon.

The 1st Appellate District of the state Court of Appeal ruled in favor of The Bee and the Los Angeles Times, which sued seeking release of the officer names.

The ruling marks the third time a court has said the names should be released, but each time the order was stayed to give the officers' union, the Federated University Police Officers Association, a chance to appeal.

The latest ruling followed that pattern, with the court staying its order releasing the names while the union decides whether to appeal to the California Supreme Court.

The officers were involved in quelling a November 2011 campus protest over increasing tuition and college costs.

The protest ended up making headlines worldwide after police Lt. John Pike was recorded on video using pepper spray on students who were seated on the ground.

Pike was later fired, and Chief Annette Spicuzza retired amid a series of investigations into the incident, which spawned calls for the resignation of Chancellor Linda P.B. Katehi.

UC officials later agreed to a $1 million settlement that included payments of $30,000 to targeted students. The entire incident cost roughly $2 million.

Call The Bee's Sam Stanton, (916) 321-1091. Follow him on Twitter @stantonsam.

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