Judge Orders Release of Pepper Spray Report, Except Officers' Names

March 29, 2012

A county judge ruled Wednesday that the University of California can release its full report on police officers' controversial use of pepper spray to disperse student protesters last fall, withholding only the names of most of the officers, the San Jose Mercury News reported. The university's police union had sued to block the release of the full report, arguing that some elements of it should remain confidential, as would be the case with the results of a police internal affairs investigation. Judge Evelio Grillo rejected that comparison, but agreed that names and ranks of officers could be withheld to prevent harassment of officers.

A UC statement said that the university would ultimately like to release the officers' names, and that it remained unclear exactly when the report would be made public.


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