Pepper Spray – Really ?

I suppose I am behind the curve on this since the video supposedly came out on Saturday, but I caught the full video on Headline News this morning. This article contains the full video from start to finish of the University of California Davis – Occupy Movement incident. From what Headline News reported these students were carrying on a peaceful demonstration because the University of California Davis recently announced they plan to increase tuition 16% each of the next four years. I have to admit I was shocked !

I guess what always surprises me about incidents like this one is didn’t the security police/administration do some preliminary planning and run through the different scenarios that might play out when the police confronted the students. Did they expect the students to just get up and leave ? And if the students didn’t leave did they decide that one of the security officers was going to nonchalantly walk in front of the protestors and spray pepper spray directly into the faces ?

If the facts are as reported the students have every right to protest, but a suggestion to school administrators in the future – always expect there to be someone video taping the incident and how it will look. The University of California Davis clearly has egg on it’s face and deservedly so.

4 thoughts on “Pepper Spray – Really ?

  1. I agree, that video is disturbing. The police officer sprays them like they’re a kitchen counter he’s about to wipe clean or something. He was obviously aware that dozens of people were recording him, in fact I think that’s part of the reason he sprays them so casually. It’s like he’s intentionally defying the audience’s idea of what he should do, declaring that he doesn’t care whether people see it or not. Unfortunately for him, it looks like he might be canned for it.

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    • I also agree. Not only did the spraying appear to be unnecessary, it also seems to have been wholly counterproductive. The act of pepper spraying made the protesters much more sympathetic than they ever would have been otherwise.

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  2. I hope he does get canned; now, it’s looking like the chief might get canned too. Things have gotten way out of hand with use of force. Peaceful protesters in a college environment don’t pose much of a threat. I sympathize with the students- in case you can’t tell. You’re observation is on the money Richard; perhaps, he was trying to incite violence in his cavalier spraying.

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