DAVIS, CA - Campus police said they arrested 10 demonstrators at the Occupy UC Davis encampment when campers refused to remove their tents Friday afternoon.
Student activists pitched more than a dozen tents on the UC Davis Quad on Thursday in defiance of a campus ban on camping.
Graduate student A.J. Morgan said dozens of police officers in riot gear used pepper spray on students who tried to protect the "Occupy UC Davis" camp by locking arms and forming a human chain around the tents.
Morgan said several hundred students protested the police action while shouting "Shame on you! Shame on you!"
UC Davis Police Chief Annette Spicuzza said the officers were forced to spray the protestors because after arresting the campers, supporting occupy members created a human chain to around officers not letting them leave.
"Officers would have been putting themselves in harms way if they tried to step over the protestors," Spicuzza said. "They needed to leave and right now, it seems, they didn't have a safer way."
Nine students and one non-student were arrested, said university spokesman Andy Fell.
According to Spicuzza, many of those arrested were served with an eviction notice to dismantle the camp by 3 p.m. but refused.
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