Former LAPD Chief Bratton to head UC pepper spray inquiry
Former LAPD Chief William J. Bratton will head a UC-sponsored investigation into the controversial pepper spraying of student protesters last week at UC Davis, university officials announced Tuesday.
Bratton is to lead an independent review of the incident and report results within a month, said UC President Mark G. Yudof. Bratton, who also served as police chief in New York City, now heads the New York-based Kroll security consulting firm.
The goal is to provide “an independent, unvarnished report about what happened at Davis,” Yudof said in a statement.
The Bratton probe will take the place of a campus-based review at UC Davis, officials said. But the Yolo County district attorney and Sheriff's Department are expected to look into the matter as well.
Yudof also appointed UC General Counsel Charles Robinson and UC Berkeley School of Law Dean Christopher Edley Jr. to lead a system-wide examination of police protocols and policies in handling student protests at the 10 UC campuses.
-- Larry Gordon
Photo: Former LAPD Chief William J. Bratton. Credit: Al Seib / Los Angeles Times