UC Davis students sue over pepper-spray incident

February 22, 2012 - 3:25 PM

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A California university where campus police pepper-sprayed peaceful student demonstrators last year is facing a federal lawsuit.

Nineteen students and alumni at the University of California, Davis filed the complaint in U.S. District Court in Sacramento on Tuesday.

The lawsuit is the latest fallout from the Nov. 18 incident, when campus police pepper-sprayed sitting protesters who had set up an Occupy camp. Widely viewed online videos of the incident generated national outrage and calls for the chancellor's resignation.

The lawsuit claims the university violated the demonstrators' constitutional rights and seeks campus policies to prevent similar responses to non-violent protests, as well as unspecified damages.

UC Davis officials declined to comment Wednesday because they had not seen the lawsuit.