When multiple videos clearly show that seated students made no effort to impede the police officers’ movement you can wonder why batons and pepper-spray were taken out to use against the students. The protest at which University of California Davis police officers used pepper spray and batons against unresisting demonstrators was an entirely non violent one.
In one of the videos, the officer steps over a line of seated protesters, holds the pepper spray bottle in the air, then sprays it in the protesters’ faces in a coordinated fashion as eyewitnesses gasp and shout, “Shame on you.” Most of the protesters remain seated; police officers then forcibly remove and arrest them.
Though most of the police officers looked calmly at the site just a few took the wrong action pulling, tearing and beating on the students who did not want to stand up from the ground (and move their asses.)
A video posted by the user terrydatiger showed the incident from the side.
“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,” the saddened university’s chancellor, Linda P.B. Katehi, said.
Last week also saw arrests of protesters in more than a dozen states and the eviction of protesters from the birthplace of the two-month-old Occupy Wall Street movement in New York City. Pepper spray was used, too, in Seattle on Tuesday night.
Lt. Pike, who initiated the pepper spraying of the UC Davis group, was inside the circle moments earlier. To position himself to spray, he simply stepped over the line.
Though University of California Police are not authorized to use pepper spray except in circumstances in which it is necessary to prevent physical injury to themselves or others they used it while it is clearly shown they were never brought in danger.
From the University of California’s Universitywide Police Policies and Administrative Procedures: “Chemical agents are weapons used to minimize the potential for injury to officers, offenders, or other persons. They should only be used in situations where such force reasonably appears justified and necessary.”
In the wake of what it called police violence, an association that represents some Davis faculty members called for Ms. Katehi’s resignation on Saturday. In a letter that was published online, Nathan Brown, an assistant professor in the English department and a member of the association’s board, said that Ms. Katehi was responsible for the violence and should resign immediately.
“The fact is: the administration of U.C. campuses systematically uses police brutality to terrorize students and faculty, to crush political dissent on our campuses, and to suppress free speech and peaceful assembly. Many people know this,” Mr. Brown wrote. “Many more people are learning it very quickly.”
All this police brutality helps destabilize the institutions were they think to be helping. They just get the opposite reaction and are also weakening the position of those in charge, like majors and deans. Also they are sending the wrong message into the world.
It is good to hear that two officers had been put on administrative leave, but ‘mal’ has been done. The recent police actions do create blood. Instead of calming down the situation they stir up and give a lot of people more reason to go into protest, what we are clearly seeing that happens. Because they were not hard press and did not fall foul of, they made more a fool out of themselves and bring up questions about the apparatus.
Often it were the ‘peace keeping’ forces who did not keep on their shirt and disrupted peaceful movements. Does this means something is lacking in the training of those troops?
Both officers were trained in the use of pepper spray as department policy dictates, and both had been sprayed with it themselves during training the school’s Police Chief Annette Spicuzza told The Associated Press.
“The identities of the two officers were not revealed, but the campus police chief told the Associated Press news agency that one was a veteran of the school’s police force, while the other was “fairly” new to the department.
There will be a rally at UC Davis today Monday November 21st at noon.
Read more and watch the video’s:
- U.C. Davis Calls for Investigation After Pepper Spraying
- Ten Things You Should Know About Friday’s UC Davis Police Violence
- UC Davis Chancellor’s Walk Of Shame: VIDEO (towleroad.com)
In the wake of the shameful dousing of peaceable UC Davis college students with pepper spray on Friday — which resulted in at least one girl’s hospitalization for chemical burns — the student body has directed its scorn at Chancellor Linda Katehi, who approved the police action against her students. The students’ anger has taken the form of a silent protest. Watch, AFTER THE JUMP, as Chancellor Katehi walks to her car.
- Outcry after . police pepper spray UC Davis students (mercurynews.com)
A Facebook page for the protestasked attendees to call for Ms. Katehi’s resignation and to “show solidarity and support to the students who were beaten and sprayed by U.C. Davis police in riot gear.”The Facebook page also promoted a way for sympathizers to donate tents and pizza for the rally. The Amazon.com page set up for donations indicated that more than 70 tents had already been donated by Sunday morning.
- The Eeriest Protest (Or Is It A Shaming?) (freethoughtblogs.com)
Find and read the open letter to the Chancellor Linda Katehi.
- Shame! (faktensucher.wordpress.com)
Chilling video of last night’s bedlam as burly riot police destroy Zuccotti Park’s kitchen and library, tear-gassing and arresting protesters as they chant „Peace!“ and „Shame!“ Photos here, updates here.
- “Shame On You” (burgerfoot.wordpress.com)
People, the Occupy Movement is obviously growing into a bigger social revolution.The video above is of police pepper-spraying nonviolent, calm UC students who refused to leave their campsite on the university quad.We need to recognize and discuss police hostility toward nonviolent protesters happening all over the nation. Everyone has a right to express their dissatisfaction with the way things are going and they certainly shouldn’t be punished for it. Those acting upon their desire for significant, positive change in a broken system are being physically attacked for their nonviolent resistance. What message does this send to future generations of our nation?
- University of California Davis (UCD) Teargas Incident (voodoodr06.wordpress.com)
This is assault plain and simple.
“When students covered their eyes with their clothing, police forced open their mouths and pepper-sprayed down their throats. Several of these students were hospitalized. Others are seriously injured. One of them, forty-five minutes after being pepper-sprayed down his throat, was still coughing up blood.”
- UC Davis Chancellor Linda Katehi’s walk of shame (dangerousminds.net)
Earlier tonight approximately 1000 Occupy Davis student protesters gathered outside the office of the school’s Chancellor Linda Katehi in a peaceful demonstration condemning the violent actions taken by police, which included the use of pepper spray, against the students on Friday, November 18. The police were acting under orders from the Chancellor.Students and faculty members are calling for Katehi’s resignation.
- UC Davis Follow-Up: Chancellor’s Eerily Silent Walk of Shame [Video], Faculty Member’s Open Letter (sfist.com)
As the Second Alarm reports [via BoingBoing], a large crowd of student protesters and their supporters interrupted a press conference on Saturday afternoon with UC Davis Chancellor Linda Katehi and campus police, demanding a response regarding Friday’s brutal pepper spraying incident, along with her resignation. Initially, Katehi refused to leave the building, allegedly intending to give the press the impression that the crowd was trapping her inside.
- Video: Outrage over Police reaction to Occupy protests (video.msnbc.msn.com)
- The #OWS Hall Of Shame: Democrats Who Support/Supported The Occupy Wall Street Movement (nicedeb.wordpress.com)
President Obama: “The most important thing we can do right now is those of us in leadership letting people know that we understand their struggles and we are on their side, and that we want to set up a system in which hard work, responsibility, doing what you’re supposed to do, is rewarded,” Obama tells ABC News. “And that people who are irresponsible, who are reckless, who don’t feel a sense of obligation to their communities and their companies and their workers that those folks aren’t rewarded.”
Nancy Pelosi: During a press conference Thursday afternoon, House minority leader Nancy Pelosi praised those participating in the “Occupy Wall Street” protests. “God bless them,” Pelosi said, “for their spontaneity. It’s independent … it’s young, it’s spontaneous, and it’s focused. And it’s going to be effective.”
Debbie Wasserman Schultz:“We understand their frustration, we applaud their activism and hopefully they’re going to help get the Republicans in Washington’s attention so we shift the Republican’s focus from just Barack Obama’s job, to everyone’s job,” she said of the protesters. “Since the Occupy Wall Street protests started Democrats have been largely supportive of the protests which many lawmakers are using to paint Republicans as out of touch with the concerns of middle-class Americans.”
- Militarization Of Campus Police (Bob Ostertaghuffingtonpost.com)I teach at UC Davis and I personally know many of the students who were the victims of this brutal and unprovoked assault. They are top students. In fact, I can report that among the students I know, the higher a student’s grade point average, the more likely it is that they are centrally involved in the protests.
Apparently, in the state of California felons incarcerated for violent crimes have rights that students at public universities do not.
- UC Davis: Open Letter to Chancellor Linda P.B. Katehi (Nathan Brown Assistant Professor Department of English Program in Critical Theory University of California at Davis)