Pepper Spray Incident Sparks Calls for Resignation of UC Davis Chancellor

Outraged by Friday’s violent crackdown by UC Davis police on peaceful student protestors, many are calling for the resignation of Chancellor Linda Katehi. An online petition begun by Assistant UCD Prof. Nathan Brown demanding the Chancellor’s immediate resignation currently has over 50,000 signatures.

The Chancellor, who ordered campus police to remove protestors, told CNN that she would not resign, and that she ordered the removal of student protestors out of concerns for their own safety. But she had little to say to the students who assembled outside a UC Davis press conference on Saturday. The Chancellor avoided leaving the building for over 2 hours because she felt threatened by the students outside. The video below shows Katehi walking to her car, through a path of silent, peaceful protestors.

UC Davis students are planning a protest rally on campus today at noon.