Reynoso Task Force Report Delayed
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Public release of task force report postponedDate: 2012-03-05
Contact: UC Office of the President
Phone: (510) 987-9200
The University of California Office of the President was informed today (Monday, March 5) that the union representing UC campus police and a police officer at the center of the pepper-spray incident at UC Davis will request a court order to halt public disclosure of a report by a task force headed by former California Supreme Court Associate Justice Cruz Reynoso.
As a result, Reynoso postponed the public release of the report, which had been scheduled for tomorrow afternoon (Tuesday, March 6). Both he and UC President Mark G. Yudof expressed a commitment to making the full report accessible to the public.
“Due to the uncertainty created by this legal development, General Counsel has advised that any information relating to the Task Force Report or Kroll should not be released publicly by the University or individual members of the Task Force,” Reynoso wrote to task force members.
He added: “I was very frustrated to receive this news today. However, let me assure you that I am undeterred in my commitment to release the complete and unredacted work of the Task Force, a view shared by President Yudof.”
The attorney for the Federated University Police Officers Association informed the UC Office of the General Counsel that it will request a temporary restraining order in Alameda County Superior Court tomorrow (Tuesday, March 6). The request will be submitted by an attorney representing one or more of the officers placed on administrative leave pending the outcome of investigations into pepper-spraying of students at UC Davis on Nov. 18, 2011.
Reynoso and 12 other task force members had been scheduled to outline their findings and recommendations to the UC Davis community on Tuesday, March 6, from 3 to 4:30 p.m. in the UC Davis Conference Center ballroom.
“I am disappointed,” Yudof said, “and I have asked the UC General Counsel’s office to do everything in its power in court to turn back this attempt to stifle these reports. The work of the Reynoso Task Force, supported by outside investigators from the Kroll group, is a fundamental stepping stone needed to carry the UC Davis campus past the events of Friday, Nov. 18. The entire UC Davis community deserves a fully transparent and unexpurgated accounting of the incidents in question. Though I have not seen the reports, I am told the task force and its supporting investigators have provided just such an accounting.”
UC Davis Chancellor Linda P.B. Katehi requested on Nov. 21, 2011, that Yudof form a task force to look into the pepper-spray incident. Yudof, in turn, named Reynoso, professor emeritus at the UC Davis School of Law, as the chair. Yudof also initiated a systemwide review of police policies and procedures as they pertain to protest activities on campuses, and that effort is ongoing.
NOTE: The UC Office of the President has been informed that the request for the temporary restraining order will be presented tomorrow, Tuesday, March 6, at 9:30 a.m. in Department 31 of the Alameda County Superior Court, located at 1225 Fallon St., Oakland, Calif. 94612. We will advise you if we hear anything different in the morning.
Sounds like the officer (Lt. Pike) is trying to cover his ass because he knows that this report will condemn his actions. We’ll see….