During my freshman year, students at UC Davis occupied the main lawn of the university to protest tuition hikes. The school administration ordered campus police to remove the students.
The operation quickly went wrong and culminated in media firestorm after images of a police officer pepper spraying students went viral. One of those images was mine, which you'll see below.
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Students assert their right to protest on a policy sheet regarding overnight camping on University of California grounds. UC Davis student occupied the UC Davis quad despite the policy.
Police officers arrest a student for resisting the officers' attempts to remove the tents.
Students form a circle around the police officers in an attempt to stop the arrests of fellow students.
UC Davis police lieutenant John Pike sprays students in order to clear a path for the police officers and their detainees.
Lt. John Pike raises the can of pepper spray to deter the crowd from approaching as police officers make their way through the line.
Students help a person who was pepper sprayed.
Students hold up signs calling for chancellor Linda Katehi's resignation following the pepper spraying at a UC Regents meeting. An independent report ultimately faulted chancellor Linda Katehi for ordering the operation.
Chancellor Linda Katehi waits to speak to a student rally after the pepper spraying incident.