SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California lawmakers are investigating how colleges responded to non-violent protests that sprung from the Occupy movement, including the pepper-spraying incident at the University of California, Davis.

Top officials from the UC system and California State University system will testify at a hearing in the state Capitol on Wednesday. They include UC Davis Chancellor Linda Katehi, who came under fire after a campus officer last month pepper-sprayed a crowd of students who were sitting peacefully.

Assemblyman Marty Block, a San Diego Democrat and chairman of the Assembly Higher Education Committee, says universities have a responsibility to provide a safe environment and foster a climate for free expression.

The panel will also hear from police oversight experts and student representatives.

Copyright 2011 The Associated Press.

Comments (7)
  1. Ginger Reese says:

    The students broke the law. Are they above the law? It is the lawmakers fault thet everything is so high. I’m for a part time lawmakers. All other State employees took a pay cut & they keep giving themselves raises.

  2. Concerned Citizen says:

    BTW, Throw that corrupt rent-a-cop in jail.


    Katehi should be FIRED —– YESTERDAY!!!

    Check out her connection to the fascist uprising at Athens Polytechnic in 1973, just another of the many fascist connections to the disturbing rise of police state tactics in the US.

    1. Ind says:

      You should stop watching CBS’ version of the event. Watch the entire video on youtube. You will see occupiers surround the cops and refuse to let the police leave. You will also see the OCCUPIERS shouting “kill the cops”.

      So, no they were not correct!!!

      1. Tom says:

        Maybe you shouldn’t watch such heavily edited videos where the time lines of events have been altered. The students only surrounded the riot police after they had already pepper sprayed the students not before…

        As a retired Stanislaus county sheriffs deputy who spent 10 years on the swat team all I can say is that I’m appalled by the actions of the officers involved. They took a peaceful protest and escalated it into a confrontation…

        Trying to claim the protesters were impeding anyone’s ability to cross the quad is an outright lie.. The quad where the students were protesting was built to handle assembly’s in excess of 8500+ students that clearly means there was plenty of room for people to walk by…

  3. Ind says:

    you are BITTER!!!! You should get help because you are seriously not well.

  4. It burns says:

    It was only pepper spray………..nothing to get your undies all in a bunch over….

  5. Concerned Citizen says:

    Teabaggers are STUPID KOCH SUCKERS!!!!!!

    So you ask “why” would I say such offensive things about Tea party members?

    Well, they are suckers, as you would call someone who is an unwitting tool in someone else’s secret goals.

    You would call someone who is ultimately set-up in a crime secretly a patsy, so you will agree that someone who is just an ignorant tool is a SUCKER.

    So, these people who are actually tricked into this sleight of hand are, in my opinion and many others, quite STUPID.

    Okay, so the people for whom these SUCKERS are being used/played are the Koch brothers. So this indeed does render said Tea party members to be SUCKERS for the KOCH brothers.

    So, if I may, without accepting any suggestions that I am being unnecessarily rude, crude or obscene:

    Teabaggers are STUPID KOCH SUCKERS

    or even better:

    Teabaggers are STUPID KOCH SUCKERS!!!!!!

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