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University of California settles pepper spray suit for $1.23m

Published on Sep 27, 2012 8:33 AM
 
University of California (US) officials have agreed to pay US$1 million (S$1.23 million) to settle a lawsuit over a pepper-spraying incident last year that came to symbolise law enforcement aggression against anti-Wall Street protesters. -- PHOTO: REUTERS

(REUTERS) - University of California (US) officials have agreed to pay US$1 million (S$1.23 million) to settle a lawsuit over a pepper-spraying incident last year that came to symbolise law enforcement aggression against anti-Wall Street protesters, attorneys said on Wednesday.

Video of the confrontation, which showed seated student protesters being pepper-sprayed by campus police at the University of California campus at Davis, was replayed widely on television and the Internet, sparking outrage among faculty and activists.

Under the terms of the settlement filed in court on Wednesday, each of the 21 students and recent graduates from the campus who sued UC regents over the November 2011 incident will get US$30,000 and a personal letter of apology from UC Davis Chancellor Linda Katehi.

The deal also includes $250,000 for plaintiffs' attorney fees.

 
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