CA chancellor under fire for pepper-spray incident

November 23, 2011 - 4:10 PM

DAVIS, Calif. (AP) — The chancellor of the University of California, Davis is fighting calls for her resignation after campus police used pepper spray on student protesters who set up an Occupy camp on campus.

Linda Katehi has come under intense pressure after widely circulated online videos showed police officers dousing a row of protesters as they sat passively.

Some students and faculty members say she should be held accountable for the actions of campus police.

The 57-year-old chancellor has apologized for Friday's incident and suspended the police chief and two officers, but has no plans to resign.

Katehi told students Tuesday that police were instructed to only remove the tents and avoid violence at all costs.

UC President Mark Yudof has launched an independent investigation of the incident.