UC Davis Police Lt. John Pike dousing seated students with pepper spray
UC Davis Police Lt. John Pike pepper-sprays students taking part in a nonviolent protest on the school's quad. Louise Macabitas

Occupy UC Davis has announced that it plans to pursue legal action as the fallout continues to grow in the wake of UC Davis Police Lt. John Pike's pepper-spraying of nonviolent student protesters seated in the school's quad on Friday .

The announcement was announced via the group's Facebook page Saturday evening.

Protesters will be engaging civil rights attorneys to pursue legal action against the University and City of Davis for excessive force and for violating their civil and constitutional rights, the post said.

The threatened legal action comes on the heels of a worldwide outcry over the event, which went viral on YouTube earlier Saturday and was the #1 trending search topic on Google for parts of Saturday afternoon.

The protesters also plan to rally at noon Monday in the same quad where the pepper-spray incident took place Friday, leading to 10 arrests and two hospitalizations of protesters.

Join us Monday at noon on the Quad to show solidarity and support to the students who were beaten and sprayed by UC Davis police in riot gear, the group's Facebook page stated Sunday.

More than 1,300 people had replied by Sunday afternoon that they will be attending the protest rally, during which the protesters have said they will call for the resignation of UC Davis Chancellor Linda Katehi, UC Davis Police Chief Annette Spicuzza and Pike.