Federal Appeals Court Rules That Davis Police Can Be Sued For Injuries Caused By Pepper Spraying Students

Yesterday, a federal appeals court ruled that Davis police forces can be held liable for a student’s injuries resulting from the police’s use of pepper spray to break up a UC Davis party in 2004. Timothy C. Nelson, who was one of 1,000 people at the party, lost his athletic scholarship, underwent two surgeries, and had to drop out of school after being struck in the eye with a pepperball. The Los Angeles Times reported that the appeals court’s decision upheld a district court’s ruling that the police should not receive legal immunity for injuring the student.

Nina Liss-Schultz