Pepper-sprayed UC Davis students will not be charged for blocking sidewalk

Occupy Pepper Spray

Wayne Tilcock / AP

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.

Prosecutors have decided not to charge any of the protesters who were arrested at the University of California, Davis the day campus police used pepper-spray on a group that had blocked a sidewalk.

Yolo County District Attorney Jeff Reisig said Friday there was insufficient information in police reports of the Nov. 18 protest to warrant charges against eight men and two women who were cited for unlawful assembly, failure to disperse or illegal camping during a campus version of the Occupy Wall Street demonstrations.

The arrests happened before and after two officers doused a line of protesters seated on a sidewalk with pepper spray, an action that was caught on video and led to widespread criticism of UC Davis' chancellor and police chief.

The district attorney's office has been investigating the spraying at the chancellor's request.

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