AP Photo/The Enterprise, Wayne Tilcock
In this Friday, Nov. 18, 2011, 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 Friday in Davis, Calif. Two University of California, Davis police officers involved in pepper spraying seated protesters were placed on administrative leave Sunday, Nov. 20, 2011, as the chancellor of the school accelerates the investigation into the incident.
Yolo County District Attorney will be reviewing the conduct of all those involved in the Friday pepper spraying incident on UC Davis campus, according to county's chief deputy district attorney.
"At the conclusion of this inquiry, the District Attorney may pursue criminal charges or issue a statement of findings and conclusions," said Chief Deputy District Attorney Jonathan Raven in an email response. "We do not have a timetable but, of course, this is a priority."
Raven said Yolo County Sheriff's Department will be collaborating in the process by gathering all facts required for a thorough review.
After a week of rallies at UC Davis, University Chancellor Linda Katehi ordered the removal of 25 tents on campus early Friday afternoon because of concerns about student safety and health and because university policy prohibits overnight camping, she wrote in a letter to the UC Davis community Saturday.
Officers were videoed spraying peacefully seated protesters, in some cases using pepper spray directly in their faces. The videos of the incident went viral online.
In response the university issued multiple statements and placed three police officers on administrative leave pending a review of Friday’s events.