Here is the latest update from retired California Supreme Court Justice Cruz Reynoso, chair of the task force investigating the pepper spray incident at UC Davis:
February 15, 2012
Dear President Yudof,
As Chair of the UC Davis Task Force that is investigating the pepper spray incident on November 18, 2011, I am writing to report to you that the Task Force continues to work diligently towards the release of the final report outlining recommendations to Chancellor Katehi and you. These recommendations, assisted by the fact finding report from Kroll, will include improvements to police procedures, command protocols, and campus policies and oversight structures that will help ensure that the rights and safety of nonviolent protestors and the entire campus community are protected.
As I previously indicated to you, the Task Force believes that it is imperative to have a complete understanding of the events that took place on that afternoon. To that end, the Task Force has maintained an aggressive schedule, having met as a group on five separate occasions to review a considerable amount of information surrounding the details of the event. As members of the UC Davis community, we are mindful of and share the intense desire of faculty, staff, and students to have trust and confidence restored. Therefore, while we are trying to be swift in releasing the report, we have an obligation to the campus community not to be hurried.
As such, I now anticipate that the report of the Task Force will be released to the UC Davis community at a public meeting to take place in early March on the Davis campus. The previous release date scheduled for February 21, 2012, is now cancelled. In early March, the Task Force and I will outline our recommendations to the UC Davis community, the students, faculty and staff, and engage in an open dialogue on the deliberative process.