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UC Davis Students Win $1 Million Settlement for Being Pepper-Sprayed
(SacBee.com) The University of California regents have agreed to pay out roughly $1 million to end a lawsuit over last November's pepper spraying of UC-Davis students, part of a deal that also calls for a personal written apology from Chancellor Linda Katehi to each person hit with the spray.
The details of the settlement, approved in secret earlier this month by the regents, are contained in documents filed in federal court in Sacramento this morning. The deal, hammered out in mediation sessions after 21 students and former students sued last February, still must be approved by a federal judge.
It calls for each of the 21 plaintiffs to receive $30,000 for a total payout of $630,000. The agreement also transforms the suit into a class action, which will allow others who were hit with pepper spray during the Nov. 18 protest to submit claims for payments of up to $20,000.
That part of the deal envisions five to 10 additional claimants coming forward, with a sliding scale that reduces the payout for each of those depending on the final tally. Those claimants wil be paid from a pool of money limited to $100,000.
In addition, the settlement calls for the payment of $250,000 in legal fees and costs to the lawyers who filed the suit.
The settlement fees will be paid out of UC's self-insurance fund. Read more here.
PEPPER SPRAY: UC Davis Students 'Maced' in Occupy Protest
Police at the University of California spray sit-down protesters linked with the Occupy movement, attracting international condemnation. Report by Sam Datta-Paulin. Like us on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/itn and follow us on Twitter at http://twitter.com/itn
Police Pepper Spraying and Arresting Students at UC Davis
Title says all. During peacefully Occupy Movement, police came in to tear down tents and proceeded to arrest students who stood in their way. Once students peacefully demanded the release of the arrested, a police officer unnecessarily pepper sprays the students to open a path for the rest of the officers
*UPDATE* The officer who sprayed the students was UC Davis Police Lt. John Pike; Lieutenant John Pike - (530) 752-3989 - Police Station #; Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
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