Dozens of protesters at the University of California, Davis, were pepper-sprayed by police on Friday. The incident is now going to be investigated.
The incident is not only going to be investigated but now there are calls for the university’s chancellor to resign from her position.
There are videos of the incident that are making their rounds on the Internet, in which the police can be seen spraying the protesters, according to the New York Times. Orange spray can be seen dispersing from the pepper spray can, as police were asking the protesters to leave the campus’s main quad. The protesters were sitting on the sidewalk with their arms linked.
Linda Katehi has been asked to resign after images made their rounds on social networking websites on Saturday, according to USA Today. The university’s faculty association wrote a letter asking for Katehi to resign, saying that the whole incident was a gross failure of leadership.
Katehi attended a news conference and she said that the video she seen was very inappropriate. She said it was also very sad to watch, but she defended her leadership and said she will not resign.
Katehi said that she doesn’t think she violated any of the university’s polices. She went onto say that she works hard to make sure that the campus is a safe place for everybody.
ABC news reported that the protests were held in support of the Occupy Wall Street movement. The protests were also in solidarity with the protests that are going on over at the University of California, Berkeley.
Images of police clashing with protesters have served as a way to gather up support for the movement. Last month, an Iraq War veteran suffered injuries in Oakland and what is one of the most serious incidents that have occurred due to police clashing with protesters.