SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- A midlevel state appeals court said news organizations are entitled to know the names of a dozen University of California police officers who were interviewed about the use of pepper spray on demonstrators at UC Davis.
The First District Court of Appeal on Tuesday upheld the ruling of an Oakland trial judge who concluded there was no basis for keeping the information confidential.
The Los Angeles Times and The Sacramento Bee are seeking the officers' identities, which were redacted from two reports on the November 2011 confrontation between Occupy demonstrators and campus police officers.
Videos showing an officer casually dousing demonstrators with pepper spray sparked outrage by UC Davis leaders.
The appeals court said the UC police officers' union has 40 days to seek review by the California Supreme Court before the names must be released.