UC Davis law school students took part in a national day of action Thursday, calling attention to the “Black Lives Matter” movement.
“Did their pasts have them deserve to die in that instant? That’s what we need to talk about. That’s why these things are important,” one demonstrator said.
Law school students organized a vigil in front of King Hall for the many recent victims of alleged police brutality in the United States.
“The pepper spray incident is not so far in the past. We’ve forgotten the police did overstep their bounds,” another demonstrator said.
In 2011 UC Davis campus police were scrutinized for pepper spraying student protestors at close range. It cost the college a reported $1 million to settle a resulting class action lawsuit.
“We were under no less than five audits, which included 100 plus recommendations about how the police department should change and how we should be a good partner within the community,” current UC Davis Chief of Police Matthew Carmichael said.
Carmichael told FOX40 the campus has one of the only police departments in the country with a police accountability board. The board gives students options on who they can speak with when deciding to file a complaint against police.
“It’s processes like that that help to start build trust with our community. Unfortunately across our nation we are not seeing similar programs,” Carmichael said.
FOX40 asked the group of student demonstrators to raise their hands if they felt they could trust police. No one raised their hand.
“What we do is fact gather just in case a case comes up the facts are there,” a demonstrator said.
Students from the UC Davis School of Law partnered with the National Lawyer’s Guild to hold regular “Know Your Rights” training on campus. The training session aim to educate students about their basic legal rights when interacting with police, as well as how to be arrested peacefully and safely during a demonstration.
“What we want them to do is feel confident that you can tell them no you can’t do this,” one demonstrator said.