VIDEO: Pepper Spray Victims Hold Press Conference on the UC Davis Quad

UC Davis pepper spray victims and representatives from the ACLU spoke on the quad Wednesday, after the University of California announced their $1 million settlement with the students.

DAVIS, CA -- As we reported Wednesday morning, the University of California regents will pay out about $1 million to settle a lawsuit with 21 plaintiffs over last November’s pepper spraying of students on the quad.

The deal also calls for a written apology from Chancellor Linda Katehi to each student who was pepper sprayed. The expectation is that these will be personal, written apologies from the Chancellor. 

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Share your thoughts on the settlement below. Here's the full settlement (PDF) and the ACLU's full press announcement.

Here are the main details of the settlement. Watch the video above to hear from the students. 

  • Each of the 21 plaintiffs will receive $30,000, with a total payout of $630,000. 
  • The agreement makes the suit a class action, which means other pepper spray students may submit claims and receive up to $20,000. Five to ten more claimants are expected, hence the estimation of $100,000. Their payout will depend on the total number of students who come forward.
  • The UC Regents will also pay $250,000 in legal fees.
  • Students will receive counseling for any academic issues that arose as a result of the pepper spray.
  • It still must be approved by a federal judge.
  • The deal also allots $20,000 to the ACLU for legal fees to review and provide input on UC-Davis policies on handling demonstrations.

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Gene Vassall September 28, 2012 at 02:16 AM
How woukd any of you ass-----s like to be pepper sprayed when you are not acting in a violent way. They deserve more than $30,000 and you F---------G Ass---------s deserve to have a full can of pepper spray shoved up your slimey ass-----------s
Leon Pollock September 28, 2012 at 03:37 AM
Are you gay ? Do you have a love affair with asses you used it enough on your comment..
Leon Pollock September 28, 2012 at 03:44 AM
Jennifer Bernstein September 28, 2012 at 09:35 PM
When Rosa Parks was told to get up and go to the back of the bus, should she have obeyed?
Jennifer Bernstein September 28, 2012 at 10:08 PM
"I did not want to be mistreated, I did not want to be deprived of a seat that I had paid for. It was just time... there was opportunity for me to take a stand to express the way I felt about being treated in that manner. I had not planned to get arrested. I had plenty to do without having to end up in jail. But when I had to face that decision, I didn't hesitate to do so because I felt that we had endured that too long. The more we gave in, the more we complied with that kind of treatment, the more oppressive it became." - Rosa Parks


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