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UC Davis Chancellor Tells Lawmakers She Didn’t Order Use of Force Against Students

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) – The chancellor of the University of California, Davis, is telling lawmakers she never ordered the use of force or pepper spray on students last month. UC Davis Chancellor Linda Katehi reasserted on Wednesday that she played no direct role in campus police officers pepper-spraying students on Nov. 18. Katehi accepted responsibility but said she would feel uncomfortable in the future providing tactical orders to police. She told lawmakers that unless she was given training, “I would never think the chancellor is the right person to make tactical decisions.” Assemblyman Marty Block, a San Diego Democrat, asked Katehi what she would have done differently that day. Katehi said she would not have directed police to remove the tents. Video footage from that event has prompted a series of investigations.


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