The University of California will fork over $30,000 to each of the 21 UC Davis students pepper sprayed during last November's Occupy demonstration, "with and an additional $250,000 for their attorneys to split," making it an estimated $1 million in damages. Further, UC Davis Chancellor Linda Katehi will be forced to pen a formal apology to each of the assaulted students and alumni who were either hit with pepper spray or arrested.
"Since Nov. 18, students have been afraid of the police. The university still needs to work to rebuild students’ trust and this settlement is a step in the right direction," said Fatima Sbeih, a plaintiff who was pepper-sprayed, in a statement.
Just days after the incident, the now iconic image of a UC Davis officer blanketing students involved in a peaceful protest with nasty chemicals turned into a popular meme, featuring parodies that included Pink Floyd's Dark Side of the Moon, Caturdays, a peeing Fergie, and A Sunday Afternoon on the Island of La Grande Jatte, just to name a few.
Watch video of the brutality below: