**UPDATE** Swapped in better quality video of Katehi. Here’s the old version. More video to come.
Uploading video from the UC Davis quad now. Estimates of *5,000* students crammed the Davis quad at noon to hear directly from Chancellor Linda Katehi, who ordered police to clear the Occupy Davis camp on Friday, a decision that led to the pepper spray attacks on students. Katehi has ducked criticism, and even remained in a building for almost four hours on Saturday attempting to interaction with students and activists. Today, after an hour of student speeches, Katehi spoke:
KATEHI: I am here to apologize. I feel horrible for what happened on Friday. If you think you don’t want to be students in a university like we had on Friday, I am just telling you, I don’t want to be the chancellor of the university we had on Friday. [someone yells, “then resign!”] Our university has to be better than it is. And it needs all of the community to come together to do that. We need to work together. And I know you may not believe anything I am telling you today, and you don’t have to, it is my responsibility to earn your trust. I only have to say one thing, there is a plaque out there that speaks 17th of November of 1973 and I was there and I dont want to forget that. So, I hope I will have a better opportunity to work with you, to meet you, to get to know you. And there will be many opportunities to do that. [older man behind me yells at Katehi]
Shortly before Kotehi took the stage, Davis faculty member Nathan Brown called for the chancellor to resign. Brown wrote a highly circulated open letter (read it here) to UC Davis Chancellor Linda Katehi on Friday, shortly after the pepper spray attack on students, calling on her to step down for ordering the police action. He spoke to the thousands of mostly seated students, imploring them to use mass action as a strategy to drive change in the university administration:
View a speech denouncing Katehi by freshman Ian Lee, one of the victims of the police attack on Friday, here.
Here is the exclusive The Second Alarm footage of Katehi being shamed by hundreds of UC Davis students on Saturday.