Verdicts & Settlements
University to Pay Out $1M to Cover Pepper-Spray Settlement
Posted Sep 27, 2012 5:16 AM CDT
By Molly McDonough
To resolve claims brought by University of California Davis students who were pepper-sprayed by campus police during a demonstration last November, the university system has agreed to pay out nearly $1 million.
A video of the pepper-spraying of otherwise peaceful protesters sparked outrage in California and throughout the country.
Each of the 21 students and alumni are to receive $30,000, if a federal court signs off on the deal, the Los Angeles Times reports.
As part of the agreement, the university has agreed to pay $250,000 in attorney fees and set aside money for any others who may join a class-action and can prove they were harmed during the incident. UC Davis Chancellor Linda Katehi must also formally apologize to each student involved.
See video from the Nov. 18 demonstration and pepper-spray incident: