UC Davis Cover-Up Attempt Failed

Chancellor Linda Katehi paid $175,000 to erase problematic footage from the web.

Isabella Beaupré

Feature Writer at RYSE
Isabella Beaupré is a Milwaukee-based writer and artist working to organize against oppression and fight for race, gender and class justice.

The University of California – Davis paid at least $175,000 to two public relations firms to cover up a police officer’s pepper spray attack on peacefully protesting students in November of 2011. Despite their attempts to hide the evidence, the video has been found and is going viral.

The university was trying to boost its online image when it made the payment, claims UC Davis spokesperson Dana Topousis. The funds were reportedly drawn from the communications department budget.   

UC-D was concerned with not only the media portrayal of the attack, but the Google search results as well. The university purposefully flooded the internet with positive articles and media about their campus, operating under the common assumption that most people don’t continue looking past the first page of Google results, and hoping their secret would be buried under all the fluff.

The plan worked for five years, but, thanks to their laughable attempts to remove the footage, it’s now surfacing in a way that makes those 175,000 dollars seem a little wasted.

Students, faculty and community members are now calling for the immediate resignation of chancellor Linda P.B. Katehi.

 

 

 

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