Proposed settlement in pepper-spray lawsuit

The UC system would pay $30,000 to each of 21 plaintiffs who were pepper-sprayed by police officers on the UC Davis Quad last November, according to a proposed nearly $1 million legal settlement announced earlier this week.

The agreement, tentative until approved in federal court, also calls for UC to pay a total of $250,000 to the plaintiffs' attorneys in the lawsuit. In addition, the agreement sets aside a maximum of $100,000 to pay up to $20,000 to any other people who may join the class-action lawsuit by proving they were either arrested or directly pepper-sprayed in the Nov. 18 incident.

The money would come from the UC systemwide general liability risk program, a self-insured fund, according to the Office of the President.

The settlement also calls for the American Civil Liberties Union to participate in developing revised guidelines for campus protest management, and a written apology from UC Davis Chancellor Linda P.B. Katehi to each of the students and alumni who were pepper-sprayed or arrested.


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