UC Davis Officials on Leave After Pepper Spray Event

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Hundreds of students and faculty at the University of California at Davis rallied on campus Monday in protest of a pepper spraying event that's gathered national attention.

On Friday, police used pepper spray and batons on a group of students protesting at the school in support of Occupy Wall Street.

A video was posted online, showing the students huddled on the ground while getting sprayed. Participants said it was a peaceful protest.

"I think the way they responded just shows that for them this is about power and not about the actual moral implications of their actions," UC Davis student protestor Sophia Kamran said.

Two campus police officers and UC Davis Police Chief Annette Spicuzza have been placed on administrative leave.

"It was for the safety of the officers and the arrestees so we could leave," Spicuzza said, explaining the event. "We were looking to leave and they just couldn't make the exit."

Calls are mounting for the school's chancellor Linda Katehi to resign.

Vice Chancellor John Meyer said the decision to put some officials on leave took place after, "a fact-based review of events" to "assist in calming the community environment and allow the department to focus on its current and substantial demands."

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