US university’s police chief resigns over pepper spray


DAVIS, California — The police chief who oversaw the University of California, Davis, police department during its notorious pepper-spraying of Occupy protesters said she is stepping down. UC Davis spokesman Barry Shiller said Annette Spicuzza told the school she is retiring, effective Thursday.

Spicuzza told The Sacramento Bee newspaper she does not want the Nov. 18 incident to define her or the university, and she’s leaving so everyone involved can move forward. Spicuzza has been on paid leave since the incident, along with Lt. John Pike, who sprayed protesters who were seated on a sidewalk.