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UC attorneys attempt to unseal portions of task force report on pepper spraying incident

Occupy Pepper Spray

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File: In this Nov. 18, 2011 file photo, University of California, Davis Police Lt. John Pike uses pepper spray to move Occupy UC Davis protesters while blocking their exit from the school's quad in Davis, Calif.

University of California attorneys will argue Wednesday morning for the release of specific portions of reports on the 2011 pepper spray incident at UC Davis that remain under seal in Alameda County Superior Court. 

The UC attorneys have been working most of March to make the reports public.

The task force reports, ordered by UC President Mark Yudof at the request of UC Davis Chancellor Linda Katehi, was scheduled to be released on March 6, but the release was put on hold when Alameda County Superior Court Judge Evelio M. Grillo granted attorneys representing the campus police union and specific officers involved in the incident a temporary restraining order.

During a hearing on March 16, Judge Grillo ordered that portions of the task force report investigating the events at UC Davis remain under seal while police privacy and safety issues are considered.

"This investigation that they've done, as a matter of law, is confidential," attorney Mike McGill, who represents officers involved in the case and is general counsel for the Federated University Police Officers Association, said earlier this month.  "Any investigation that's on peace officers based on complaints and the investigation of complaints is protected under the penal code as confidential, and can't be released to the public."

Both UC President Mark Yudof and Reynoso have said they remain committed to doing everything they can to make the reports, as well as the accompanying report by the Kroll consulting group, public.

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