DAVIS (CBS13) – Protesters surrounded a UC Davis building after being locked out of a press conference about Friday’s clash between police and demonstrators, keeping the UC Davis chancellor and the campus chief of police contained within the building for hours.

In the press conference with television and print journalists shortly after 4:00 p.m. Saturday, UC Davis Chancellor Linda Katehi and Police Chief Annette Spicuzza said they would create an independent review board to analyze video and evidence from the raid on the encampment on the campus quad Friday afternoon that drew outrage and criticism after officers used pepper spray to subdue protesters who were sitting and linking arms.

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Katehi called the encounter a “difficult situation” and said she was surprised to see how it was handled, but added that she had warned protesters repeatedly that camping is not allowed on campus. Many protesters did leave voluntarily before the confrontation, officials said.

Specific details about the police response to the incident won’t be available until an investigation is completed, Katehi added.

Chief Spicuzza said officers became surrounded by hundreds of protesters and used the pepper spray on the sitting demonstrators to allow them to leave, but said she didn’t want to comment on specific actions until the details are independently reviewed.

Student demonstrators, who were not allowed into the press conference, gathered outside the Surge II building and began banging on doors and windows, cutting the question-and-answer section of the conference short.

The crowd swelled in size over the next couple hours, with demonstrators frequently chanting for Katehi’s resignation and urging other protesters to remain non-violent.

Just before 7:00 p.m., protesters made a human walkway out of the building and linked arms, promising to remain silent as Katehi left the building. Katehi left the building without comment and drove away from the scene without incident.

Comments (40)
  1. pfitz says:

    All protesters should realize they are placing themselves in danger when they disrupt the public. They can be pepper sprayed with fire hoses for all we care. Their only point is on top of their pinheads. 20,000,000 illegals illiterate in english and many in spanish go to work in america everyday. Get a job and pay to go to college like most of us did. Then you can get a rewarding profession instead of being bums.

  2. pfitz says:

    Face it, most college kids go to class 12-16 hours/week.
    Many of us worked two-three crummy jobs at a time while going to school. If they don’t work for it they don’t deserve it. Modern kids have largely become another group leeching of the few remaining american tax payers.

    1. Tuck Taylor says:

      Actually most current college kids work a crummy job if they can find it while going to school, now, far more than used to, since scholarships and tuition help is long gone.

      These ‘modern kids’ are the ones who will support you in your old age, I think if I were them, I would decline the privilege in your case.

  3. mike says:

    This is some Bull Stuff! These students have the legal right to assemble a peaceful protest. There is nothing in that video that shows officers are in danger except for their own ego’s. I just got done talking with someone about where I understand the police officer mentality because as a vet, in Iraq I delt with the worst of the population. When is the last time you called a cop to say come to our bbq? They are only called to control the worst of our society. HOWEVER incidents like this are quickly changing my mindset. The Nazi party has somehow made it’s way into the American government. The fee hikes are b.s. because the education isn’t getting better, it’s getting worse yet costing more. That is their protest! As hippie as some of these Davis kids are, I’m with them because they are going to do good things after they graduate, if they can afford to graduate…

  4. SSP says:

    The article describes a “clash” between students and police. Really?

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