University of California-Davis chancellor Linda Katehi says she won't step down despite calls for her resignation
November 21, 2011
University of California-Davis Chancellor Linda Katehi says she won't resign despite outrage over her handling of campus officers' blasting pepper spray into the faces of students protesting Friday in support of the Occupy Wall Street movement.
"I really feel confident at this point the university needs me," Katehi said today on "Good Morning America." "There are so many critical issues to be addressed and we really need to start the healing process and move forward."
Calls for Katehi's resignation have come fast and furious from both students and faculty since the incident, video of which shows as many as 20 students, all seated throughout the protest, were hit at close range by pepper spray. Two of the protesters were taken to the hospital. Ten people were arrested, nine of them students.
The chancellor's office confirmed to ABC News that UC officials will announce later today they have placed campus police chief Annette Spicuzza on administrative leave. Chief Spicuzza was on the scene when the pepper spray incident occurred.