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UC general counsel 'disappointed' by court order barring release of pepper-spray incident report

The University of California General Counsel Charles Robinson released a statement today after an Alameda County Superior Court judge ordered the system to temporarily withhold the public release of a task force report into the pepper spraying of of peaceful protesters at UC Davis by campus police.

"We are obviously disappointed that public disclosure of the findings and recommendations of the task force chaired by former California Supreme Court Justice Cruz Reynoso has been delayed. The work of the task force represents a crucial step forward for the UC Davis campus as it attempts to move beyond the events of Friday, November 18."

"The task force has worked diligently to provide the UC Davis community and the public at large with a full, expeditious accounting of the incidents in question."

"In granting the temporary restraining order requested by a UC campus police union attorney, Judge Evelio M. Grillo emphasized that he was not ruling on merits, but only preserving the status quo until the hearing on March 16."

"We look forward to the next round, and we will fight vigorously in court to ensure that the task force report sees public light as soon as possible."

The attorney representing the UC campus police union said the investigation is confidential according to state law.

Here is the actual court order:

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