UC President Names Students, Faculty, Alumni to Pepper Spray Investigative Panel
DAVIS, Calif. (AP) The University of California has named a dozen people to a task force that will investigate the pepper-spraying of student protesters at UC Davis. UC President Mark Yudof on Monday appointed 12 UC Davis students, faculty, alumni and staff to the panel, which will be headed by former California Supreme Court Justice Cruz Reynoso.
Task force members were nominated by various campus organizations.
Video of the now-famous incident:
The fact-finding portion of the investigation will be conducted by a firm run by former Los Angeles Police Chief William Bratton.
The task force will be responsible for assigning blame for the Nov. 18 incident and making recommendations on police protocols for handling campus demonstrations.
The pepper-spraying prompted large protests and calls for the Davis chancellor’s resignation after online videos of the incident went viral.
The panel members named today:
- Patrick Blacklock, Yolo County administrator and immediate past-chair, Cal Aggie Alumni Association.
- Peter Blando, business services manager, Office of the Vice Provost-Information and Educational Technology, UC Davis, and past chair, UC Davis Staff Assembly (nominated by the UC Davis Staff Assembly).
- Alan Brownstein, professor, School of Law, UC Davis (nominated by the Academic Senate).
- Tatiana Bush, undergraduate student and former Associated Students senator (nominated by the Associated Students of UC Davis).
- Daniel M. Dooley, senior vice president, external relations, UC Office of the President and designated systemwide administrator for whistleblower complaints; alumnus, UC Davis.
- Penny Herbert, manager, Department of Clinical Operations, UC Davis, and staff advisor to the UC Board of Regents.
- Kathryn Kolesar, chair, UC Davis Graduate Student Association (nominated by the Graduate Student Association).
- William McKenna, law student, UC Davis (nominated by the Law Students Association).
- Carolyn Penny, director in International Law Programs and principal and mediator, Common Ground Center for Cooperative Solutions, UC Davis Extension (nominated by the UC Davis Academic Federation).
- Eric Rauchway, professor, Department of History, UC Davis (nominated by the Academic Senate).
- Judy Sakaki, vice president, student affairs, UC Office of the President and former vice chancellor for student affairs, UC Davis.
- Rebecca Sterling, undergraduate student and former Associated Students senator (nominated by the Associated Students of UC Davis).
Read the UC press release here.