Release of UC Davis pepper spray report delayed further after court ruling

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The public release of a task force report regarding the Nov. 18 pepper spray incident at UC Davis has been postponed beyond the first week of April.

The announcement was made by UC General Counsel Charles Robinson in a statement Thursday following a Wednesday court ruling allowing for the disclosure of the widely anticipated report. Task force chair Cruz Reynoso, a former California Supreme Court associate justice, proposed in a March 20 letter to UC President Mark Yudof that the report be released in the first week of April.

Read the full statement below.

In ruling almost entirely in favor of UC arguments for full public disclosure of reports from the UC Davis task force, Alameda County Superior Court Judge Evelio Grillo imposed a stay until April 20 to allow campus police union attorneys time to prepare an appeal if they decide to do so.

I have been informed that, as a result, the task force chaired by former California Supreme Court Associate Justice Cruz Reynoso has decided to postpone public release of the report beyond the first week of April.

Justice Reynoso, in a March 20 letter to UC President Mark G. Yudof, had proposed releasing the full task force report the first week of April, subject to further legal action. He emphasized the importance of providing a thorough account of the events of Nov. 18, 2011, along with the task force’s recommendations and the accompanying report by the Kroll consulting group. I understand that Justice Reynoso will confer with task force members to reschedule public release of the report.

J.D. Morris is the university news editor.