State senator calls for independent investigation into UC Davis incident
November 21, 2011
• Leland Yee says university investigating itself is not enough
• ‘Chancellor Katehi’s task force is a sham with the fox guarding the hen house’
It’s not good enough for the University of California to investigate allegations of misconduct by university police, says state Sen. Leland Yee, D-San Francisco.
UC Davis Chancellor Linda Katehi has said a campus task force will investigate the Friday night incident in which kneeling and sitting students at a campus protect were pepper sprayed by campus police.
“Chancellor Katehi’s task force is a sham with the fox guarding the hen house,” says Mr. Yee. “Only a truly independent investigation – absent the influence of her office or the police department – is in order. Students and taxpayers deserve to know what she knew and when, and what direction she gave to campus police.”
Mr. Yee also faults a plan by UC President Mark Yudof to consult the chancellors of the ten campuses about proper law enforcement reaction in future protests.
Mr. Yee wants students involved in Mr. Yudof’s meeting.
“While I appreciate you calling a meeting of the chancellors to ensure an incident like this never happens again, it is imperative that students and members of the public also be included in this meeting,” says Mr. Yee in a letter written to Mr. Yudof.
Two years ago, Mr. Yee asked Mr. Yudof to rescind Ms. Katehi’s contract offer but in May 2009, the UC Board of Regents approved a $400,000 annual salary for her. The salary equated to a 27 percent hike from her predecessor and a 12.4 percent increase from her previous position at the University of Illinois.
Her compensation package also includes a house provided by the university, $9,000 per year automobile allowance, relocation expenses now and upon exiting the position, faculty position after leaving the Chancellor’s office, a low-interest home loan after serving as Chancellor, and a pension and health care package, among other benefits. Ms. Katehi’ s husband, Spyros Tseregounis, also received a faculty position at UC Davis.