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In the latest statement Ms Katehi said: 'I spoke with students this weekend, and I feel their outrage. 'I have also heard from an overwhelming number of students, faculty, staff and alumni from around the country.
'I am deeply saddened that this happened on our campus, and as chancellor, I take full responsibility for the incident. The statement continued: 'I pledge to take the actions needed to ensure that this does not happen again.'
Two campus police officers caught in shocking video footage using pepper spray on student protesters have been suspended, UC Davis announced today.
The school faculty association had demanded the chancellor's resignation, saying that her authorisation of police force represented 'a gross failure of leadership'.
A statement released by the Davis faculty board said: 'Given the recent use of excessive force by police against 'occupy' protestors at UC Berkeley and elsewhere, the Chancellor must have anticipated that, by authorizing police action, she was effectively authorizing their use of excessive force against peaceful UCD student protestors.
Baltimore police lieutenant Charles Kelly, who wrote the department's guidelines on the use of force, said the attack had been "fairly standard procedure" as pepper spray was a "compliance tool" which could be used on "subjects who do not resist."
Charles J. Kelly, a former Baltimore Police Department lieutenant who wrote the department's use of force guidelines, said pepper spray is a "compliance tool" that can be used on subjects who do not resist, and is preferable to simply lifting protesters.
"When you start picking up human bodies, you risk hurting them," Kelly said. "Bodies don't have handles on them."
After reviewing the video, Kelly said he observed at least two cases of "active resistance" from protesters. In one instance, a woman pulls her arm back from an officer. In the second instance, a protester curls into a ball. Each of those actions could have warranted more force, including baton strikes and pressure-point techniques.
"What I'm looking at is fairly standard police procedure," Kelly said.
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11/21/2011 D.C. mayor “aghast’ at UC Davis pepper spray incident
By Tim Craig
District Mayor Vincent C. Gray (D) said Monday he was “absolutely aghast” when he saw the widely-circulated video showing police at the University of California at Davis using pepper spray on students, but has full confidence D.C. police will treat protesters in a respectful manner.