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Nov202011

Videos Show 'Occupy' Protesters Pepper Sprayed, Beaten

Spencer Platt/Getty Images(DAVIS, Calif.) -- Police and protesters have frequently gone toe-to-toe at Occupy camps across the country, however three recent videos that show protesters, including a veteran being roughed up and students being pepper sprayed, are causing many to question whether police have overstepped their bounds.

In the last two days, incidents between police and demonstrators at the University of California at Davis, Portland, Ore., and Oakland, Calif., have surfaced, bringing a renewed attention to the question.

UC Davis Chancellor Linda Katehi announced she had formed a task force to probe Friday's pepper spraying incident on campus, which was captured on camera by several onlookers.

"The use of pepper spray as shown on the video is chilling to us all and raises many questions about how best to handle situations like this," Katehi wrote in a statement posted on the school's website.

Several videos shot from different vantage points show Occupy UC Davis students being doused with pepper spray while trying to protect their encampment, which Katehi had ordered them to remove, citing a no camping ordinance on university grounds.

Police across the country said they've had to put up with being antagonized by protesters, too.

"You see people pushing officers; you see people hitting our horses; you see people flipping officers off," Portland, Ore., police spokesman Lt. Robert King told ABC affiliate KATU-TV.

King was responding to a viral video of Elizabeth Evon Nichols, 20, who was pepper sprayed, doused with water and then arrested for disorderly conduct after ignoring police orders to disperse at an Occupy Portland protest on Thursday.

And as Scott Olsen, the Marine who suffered a skull fracture at Occupy Oakland continues to recover, word broke that a second veteran had been seriously injured in a scuffle with police.

A Nov. 2 video of Kayan Sabeghi, 32, being clubbed surfaced Friday after the videographer realized that the veteran he had heard about was the one in his video.

Sabeghi, who was arrested, was taken to the hospital after he said he spent 14 hours in the Alameda County Jail with a ruptured spleen, ABC station KGO-TV in San Francisco reported.

ABCNews.com was unable to reach anyone at the Oakland Police Department for comment. KGO-TV also sent a video of the incident to police, but had not heard back as of Saturday.

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