Judge bars UC from releasing pepper-spray report

  • FILE - In this Nov. 18, 2011 file photo, University of California, Davis Police Lt. John Pike uses pepper spray to move Occupy UC Davis protesters while blocking their exit from the school's quad in Davis, Calif. The task force investigating the incident was scheduled to release its findings and recommendations Tuesday March 6, 2012. But it decided to delay the move Monday after learning the officers' union plans to seek a court order to halt the report's public disclosure. (AP Photo/The Davis Enterprise, Wayne Tilcock, File)

OAKLAND — A judge on Tuesday temporarily barred the University of California from releasing a report about the pepper-spraying of student protesters by police officers at UC Davis.

During a hearing in Alameda County Superior Court, Judge Evelio Grillo issued a temporary restraining order requested by the union representing officers involved in the Nov. 18 incident.

The judge ordered the university to allow the union's attorney to see the report and scheduled another court hearing on March 16, when attorneys for each side will argue the merits of the case.

A task force investigating the pepper-spray incident was scheduled to release its findings and recommendations online and discuss the report at a public meeting Tuesday.

But its chairman, former California Supreme Court Justice Cruz Reynoso, delayed the report's publication after learning the union planned to seek a restraining order.

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