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Status of reviews related to the events of Nov. 18

By Dave Jones on April 11, 2012 in University

Below is an archive of UC Office of the President and UC Davis communications regarding reviews of the events of Nov. 18.

The Reynoso task force

The task force looking into the pepper-spray incident at UC Davis today (April 9) tentatively scheduled public release of its report and recommendations for Wednesday afternoon (April 11) at UC Davis. The task force rescheduled the public release after attorneys for UC and the police union jointly asked an Alameda County Superior Court judge to lift a stay he had imposed.

Pending the judge’s ruling after a hearing scheduled for Tuesday (April 10), the task force now plans to outline its findings and recommendations to the UC Davis community — students, faculty and staff — from 3:30 to 5 p.m. Wednesday (April 11) in Freeborn Hall.

Read the entire statement. (PDF)

Earlier task force-related communications

General counsel on timing of report release

UC counsel responds to court's latest ruling on the Reynoso report

Reynoso proposes to release the task force report the first week of April, subject to any further legal action

UC general counsel responds to tentative ruling

UCOP news release announcing the postponement of the report's release, which had been scheduled for March 6

Letter from Cruz Reynoso, task force chair, telling the members of the task force that he had postponed the release of the task force report

Reynoso's Feb. 15 letter to UC President Mark G. Yudof

Reynoso's Jan. 20 letter to Yudof

Earlier letter from Reynoso to Yudof

Research on the health effects of pepper spray

Questions about the health effects of pepper spray arose at a Dec. 14, 2011, state legislative hearing. In response, Yudof tasked John D. Stobo, UC senior vice president of Health Sciences and Services, to assemble a panel of experts to review the related research literature. Its report will be submitted to the Robinson and Edley review team (see below) for consideration in its systemwide review of police practices. It will be made public as part of the UC systemwide report.

UC Davis Academic Senate review

The Executive Council of the Davis Division of the Academic Senate approved formation of a special committee to investigate, in a thorough and timely manner, the events leading to the use of force on Nov. 18, 2011. The committee’s charge is available online.

The special committee's website.

UC systemwide review

Yudof separately appointed UC General Counsel Charles Robinson and UC Berkeley School of Law Dean Christopher Edley Jr. to lead a systemwide examination of police protocols and policies as they apply to protests at all 10 UC campuses. This effort will include visits to campuses for discussions with students, faculty and staff, and consultations with an array of experts. The review, scheduled for March, is expected to result in recommended best practices for policing protests across the UC system. It will be a public document.

Internal affairs investigation

UC Davis Vice Chancellor John Meyer on Nov. 27, 2011, initiated an internal affairs investigation of the Nov. 18, 2011, arrests of protesters and the subsequent use of pepper spray by officers, to inform the campus leadership of the appropriate personnel actions it should take with respect to its police officer employees. This investigation is led by a team of experienced outside investigators who have unrestricted access to all employees, witnesses, documents, videos, photographs and evidence. Internal affairs investigation reports are confidential police personnel records. In accordance with California law, the university cannot publicly disclose this report or any actions resulting from its findings.

Questions and answers concerning UC Davis Police Department personnel actions.

Yolo County district attorney review

On Nov. 21, 2011, Katehi called on the Yolo County district attorney’s office to investigate the UC Davis Police Department’s use of force. The district attorney’s office agreed to conduct that review in collaboration with the Yolo County Sheriff's Department.

Media contact(s)

Dave Jones, Dateline, 530-752-6556,