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Occupy UC Davis: How We Got Here & What Happens Next (VIDEO)

Chancellor Linda P.B. Katehi called for a formal review, but how will she respond to a reoccupation on Monday?

The pepper spray videos from Friday’s arrests have turned UC Davis's Occupy movement into a national story. Although the quad is empty this weekend, there are plans to reoccupy at noon on Monday, as you can see in the video to the right. 

Chancellor Linda P.B. Katehi called for a formal review, saying that a task force made of faculty, students and staff will provide a report within 90 days. What we still don't know is, how will she respond on Monday? 

How We Got Here

The was held on Oct. 7. Soon after, a camp sprang up in . That camp is still there, but police have issued a list of concerns and a city councilmember has suggested they .”

The movement on the UC Davis campus came together more recently. It started, in some senses, with a Day of Action and a in late October, with much of the focus on student loans and the UC system. Another Day of Action was held Nov. 15, which led to an . Many left to protest the UC Regents meeting in San Francisco the following day, at which point the building was shut down and cleared out. The focal point of the occupation then moved to the quad. 

That brings us to Friday. With tents scattered across the grass, Chancellor Katehi notified protestors that if they did not leave the quad by 3 pm, police would remove the Occupy site. They did not leave, and what followed was the controversial arrest of 10 people and the pepper spraying of several more.

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What’s Next?

The protestors plan to reoccupy the quad at noon on Monday. They said so in a General Assembly that followed the arrests, as you can see in the video above.

Several sources told me that Monday’s occupation would be even bigger than the one on Friday, with people coming in from outside Davis to participate. Tents and supplies have been donated from alumni and other supporters in hopes of bolstering the movement, one source said.

The big question now is: How will the UC Davis police react this time? 

Most of the fallout in the wake of this event has been negative, both locally and nationally. Police Chief Annette Spicuzza defended the use of pepper spray by saying that police were surrounded. That appears to be true in . Still, the point-blank spray deployed on students who were seated has riled up many.

So, will the police take the same approach on Monday, or will they employ a new strategy. 

One thing is for certain: They will be on camera. 

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Brandt Hardin November 19, 2011 at 11:16 PM
I’m gonna go out on a limb here and say this is Police Brutality. Incidents like this the past few weeks are exposing the Police State we are being subjected to. Evicting protesters is Unconstitutional and endangers the basic rights of EVERY last American. Is this the country we were raised in, were men and women are beaten, gassed, pepper-sprayed and arrested for their disapproval of the government? We have to be careful to protect our Constitutional Rights! Events like this have prompted me to raise my own voice with these posters I designed for the movement on my artist’s blog at http://dregstudiosart.blogspot.com/2011/11/propaganda-for-occupy-movement.html
Sam Nichols November 20, 2011 at 02:22 AM
Thanks for the article, Justin. I've been wondering about this all day. I really admire the students' commitment to non-violent protest. I hope that Monday's rally goes smoothly, and that the police will show similar self-control.
Pat Riot November 20, 2011 at 04:02 AM
Police brutality is a civil rights violation that occurs when a police officer acts with excessive force by using an amount of force with regards to a civilian that is more than necessary. Excessive force by a law enforcement officers is a violation of a person's rights. Excessive force is not subject to a precise definition, but it is generally beyond the force a reasonable and prudent law enforcement officer would use under the circumstances. Force should be used in only the minimum amount needed to achieve a legitimate purpose. The use of excessive force is also a direct violation of the Fifth and Fourteenth Amendments of the U.S Constitution regarding cruelty and protection of the laws. The police asked them to move, so since they didn't they held a trial, called police witnesses, and then issued a judgement. A police officer was tasked with executing the punishment, and then after they were punished, they were forcefully arrested. There NEEDS to be some lawsuits over this.
Pat Riot November 20, 2011 at 04:04 AM
What's sad is that people have no idea just how much control the state is exerting in our lives until you see police pepper spraying kids and getting a pat on the back for it. Honestly, if a police officer came to your house, ordered you to undress and lie down, would you feel compelled to do it? Would you feel like you were doing wrong if you didn't? Then the police have too much control and we have too little.
LarryLinn November 20, 2011 at 10:00 PM
Was this Mississippi during the civil rights movement? Police brutality backfires!
don honda November 21, 2011 at 12:56 AM
And yet the Regents backed AB 131, giving Illegal Aliens $40 Million of Legal Students’ State aid and further impacting education budget with no ROI (return on investment). This will only become larger every year. Say goodbye to YOUR higher education. Sorry if the truth hurts. :(

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