Public Outcry After Pepper Spray Incident at UC Davis

Monday, November 21, 2011

Video of UC Davis students being pepper sprayed in a protest related to Occupy Wall Street over the weekend has gone viral. Without any apparent provocation, campus police released a stream of pepper spray onto a row of seated protesters. Two of the officers involved in the spraying have been placed on leave. The incident has left many wondering why the police reacted this way and what can be done.

Jon Shane is assistant professor of criminal justice at John Jay College of Criminal Justice and is a former Newark, New Jersey police officer.


Comments [3]

Matt K. from Southfield, MI

Here's a much longer clip that clearly shows that there was no violence immediately preceding the pepper-spraying:

Nov. 21 2011 04:37 PM
Paul Treacy from KIttery POint, Maine

The last is a classical right wing commentary long on propaganda and short on facts. The only people putting the student body in harms way were the police in this instance. The protesters were mostly students. The systematic pepper spraying of seated students has been rightly condemned and the 2 officers, rightly, are not working for a while at least. THe organizers are people who want to get fraud out of governmental organizations and assert their first amendment. Finally try to avoid smear when you have no evidence. For example, putting out a rumor that "an organizer" stayed at an hotel for $500 without any evidence or CREDIBLE sources, is a favorite Karl Rove propaganda technique

Nov. 21 2011 09:25 AM

They could have protested without causing disruption on the campus but then we wouldn't be discussing UC Davis this morning, would we?

Besides putting students needlessly in harms way so they can disrupt the campus and confront the police to the point where physical action had to be taken against them which would be on video and used to make victims out of them....what was the point of all this? Or was that point?
Do the organizers wish to provoke disturbing incidents and than chant the "the whole world is watching" while the whole media ignores who, what and why it was caused?
And who are the organizers? Didn't one of them stay at the W Hotel in NY recently occupying a $500 room? Will that get more than just scant attention from the media while it distracts attention away from that cause by discussing the effect of the dos and don'ts of pepper spray?

Nov. 21 2011 08:57 AM

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