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Update: Task force on UC Davis pepper spraying incident to release report in March

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The University of California released an update today on the progress of a task force investigating a November incident in which peaceful protesters were pepper sprayed by UC Davis campus police.

Retired California Supreme Cout Justice Cruz Reynoso, who heads the task force sent UC President Mark Yudof a letter dated Wednesday stating that the task force has met five times to review the events of Nov. 18 and plan to delay the Feb. 21 release of their report by at least a week to early March.

The report will outline recommendations for Chancellor Linda P.B. Katehi and Yudof on how "improvements to police procedures, command protocols, and campus policies and oversight structures that will help ensure that the rights and safety of nonviolent protestors and the entire campus community are protected."

Yudof ordered a review of the "use-of-force" policy on all 10 UC campuses after the incidents of violence on the UC Davis campus and at UC Berkeley, where police jabbed protesters with batons, were caught on video and went viral making many angry.

More from the letter:

As members of the UC Davis community, we are mindful of and share the intense desire of faculty, staff, and students to have trust and confidence restored. Therefore, while we are trying to be swift in releasing the report, we have an obligation to the campus community not to be hurried.

Tami Abdollah can be reached via email and on Twitter (@latams).

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