LOS ANGELES (LALATE) – Victims in the Lt John Pike UC Davis Pepper Spray scandal intend to file a lawsuit, claims organizers. Multiple victims of the Lt John Pike Pepper Spray attack were hospitalized. Now Occupy UC Davis reports on its Facebook page that several protesters are set to file a massive civil liberties lawsuit.
While John Pike is not delineated as a possible defendant, Occupy UC Davis issued a news statement late yesterday that a lawsuit is imminent. Injured protesters reportedly met swiftly with civil rights attorneys, have reportedly retained counsel, and are seeking to pursue two possible defendants. Occupy UC Davis reports “Protesters will be engaging civil rights attorneys to pursue legal action against the University and City of Davis for excessive force and for violating their civil and constitutional rights.”
The Lt John Pike pepper spray scandal has drawn international outrage from the Occupy movement. But Occupy UC Davis is telling supports that letters to UC Davis Chancellor Linda P.B. Katehi are ineffective. Rather organizers are asking donors to cut future donations to the UC Davis.
“If you are an alumni or corporate sponsor, don’t write the UCD police or just Katehi. Strike fear in their hearts and pledge never to donate a dime to UC Davis, and to contact your classmates to encourage them to do the same.”
Organizers are telling supporters to inform the University that donations should be halted swiftly. “Tell Shaun Keister, Vice Chancellor for Development and Alumni Relations (firstname.lastname@example.org) that she won’t see a red cent of your money until Officer Pike is off the payroll and Katehi is gone. CC Katehi, of course. It’s just polite to let her know.”
New outrage grew Sunday as more details about John Pike were revealed to news. Reportedly, much of Pike’s salary comes from fees charged to actual students like the ones he pepper sprayed this weekend. Occupy UC Davis is reporting that “Lt. Pike has received a salary in excess of $100,000 from the people of California each of the last three years. More than 40% of his 2010 salary came from student fees” alone.
California residents, not just UC Davis students, are calling for the swift resignation of Linda P.B. Katehi. Linda P.B. Katehi attempted to hold a news conference last night. Rather it was abruptly stopped.
Nathan Brown, an assistant professor of English, issued a swift statement to news denouncing Katehi. “Without any provocation whatsoever, other than the bodies of these students sitting where they were on the ground, with their arms linked, police pepper-sprayed students. Students remained on the ground, now writhing in pain, with their arms linked.”
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