Two police officers placed on admin leave after Occupy protest gets out of hand

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Two University of California, Davis police officers are placed on administrative leave until further investigation after a dispassionate use of pepper spray Friday afternoon.

According to The Guardian, Chancellor Linda P.B. Katehi has taken full responsibility for the episode, in which a university police officer fired pepper spray on a line of sitting demonstrators as bystanders scream at the officer to stop.

The New York Times reported that video of the incident spread virally across social media platforms like YouTube, Facebook and Twitter.

According to The New York Times, Katehi, said Sunday that she is insisting the investigation is completed in 30 days, when, a day earlier, she said it would take at least 90 days. The university's faculty association asked Katehi to resign due to a "gross failure of leadership," according to The Guardian.

However, a law enforcement official said the use of force is standard police procedure in protests, especially because videos show active resistance from protestors, The Guardian reported.

The use of pepper spray came after students set up tents on campus in support for the Occupy movement and in solidarity with protests at the University of California, Berkeley, the New York Times reported.

Ten people at the protest were arrested, cited and released on misdemeanor charges of unlawful assembly and failure to disperse. Nine students hit by pepper spray were treated at the scene and two were taken to local hospitals, university officials said in The Guardian.

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