The report also says Lieutenant John Pike bears primary responsibility for his decision to spray a group of seated protestors – the incident that sparked the investigation (see video above). There is no evidence to support Pike’s belief that he was trapped by the line of protesters sitting one deep on the sidewalk or that any arrestees were in danger, the report says. Officers were able to move freely through the crowd, sometimes stepping over protestors.
Additionally, the pepper spray that Pike and the UC Davis Police were issued was not authorized. The officers were not trained to use it. And the type of pepper spray used by Pike was for large crowd dispersal with a minimum application of six feet, not point blank range as it was used during the protests.
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