Officers in UC pepper spraying put on leave

University of California, Davis, student Mike Fetterman, receives a treatment for pepper spray Friday from UC Davis firefighter Nate Potter in Davis, Calif.

Rich Pedroncelli

SAN FRANCISCO — A California university placed two of its police officers on administrative leave Sunday because of their involvement in the pepper spraying of passively sitting protesters, while the school’s chancellor accelerated a task force’s probe into the incident amid calls for her resignation.

The president of the 10-campus University of California system weighed in on the fallout from Friday’s UC Davis incident, saying he is “appalled” at images of students being doused with pepper spray and plans a far-reaching, urgent assessment of law enforcement procedures on all campuses.

All 10 chancellors will meet soon for a discussion “about how to ensure proportional law enforcement response to nonviolent protest,” he said.

Officials at UC Davis refused to identify the two officers who were place on leave, but one was a veteran of many years on the force and other “fairly new” to the department, university Police Chief Annette Spicuzza told the AP.