August 1, 2012
The UC Davis officer accused of pepper spraying 11 student protesters in November no longer works on the police force.
Spokesperson for the UC Davis Chancellor Barry Shiller said John Pike’s employment ended on July 31, 2012.
Shiller released the following statement:
Consistent with privacy guidelines established in state law and University policy, I can confirm that John Pike’s employment with the University ended on July 31, 2012. I’m unable [...]
May 5, 2012
The establishment is desperate to downplay attendance figures at Ron Paul’s rallies. In order to do this, it enlists the help of the corporate media, including local media.
The first video below reports that more than 5,000 people attended a rally at UC Davis rally, but a local television station claimed only a couple hundred showed up. The photos included in the first video below tell the truth.
Telling lies [...]
This piece originally appeared on TomDispatch.
Campus spies. Pepper spray. SWAT teams. Twitter trackers. Biometrics. Student security consultants. Professors of homeland security studies. Welcome to Repress U, class of 2012.
Since 9/11, the homeland security state has come to campus just as it has come to America’s towns and cities, its places of work and its houses of worship, its public space and its cyberspace. But the age of (in)security had announced its [...]
Pepper spray has entered the public discourse rapidly since the horrific use of it at UC Davis last week. It has prompted hand-wringing and serious discussion about police overreach. But it’s also entered pop culture, with a point.
People have been sending the pepper-spraying cop through famous artworks as a “meme” (see below) and writing incredibly snarky Amazon coments.
When I feel threatened by students, no matter how unarmed, peaceful and [...]
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(CNN) — University of California officials said Tuesday they will pay the medical expenses of students who were pepper sprayed during an Occupy Davis protest last week.
Authorities have also decided to drop charges against 10 people who were arrested during the Friday protest on the campus of UC Davis. The university system has also created an [...]
Last night, Fox News hosts Megyn Kelly and Bill O’Reilly attempted to defend a UC Davis police officer’s use of pepper spray against nonviolent protesters. “I don’t think we have the right to Monday-morning quarterback the police,” O’Reilly said, “particularly at a place like UC Davis, which is a fairly liberal campus.”He didn’t explain why the abuse of violent force might be more necessary or justified against liberal students. Kelly [...]
UPDATE: Last night, UC Davis chancellor forced to walk through 3 block long line of students, sitting peacefully, glaring at her in silence. Brilliant. This is what democracy looks like. (I believe the video is from this person.)
CBS is reporting that:
Two UC Davis police officers have been placed on administrative leave following their use of pepper spray in Friday’s arrest of protesters.
NYT’s Brian Stelter tweets more:
UC Davis update: 2 cops suspended, [...]
University police tore down tents at UC Davis yesterday afternoon, arresting 8 students in the process, Xeni Jardin of Boing Boing reports.
At one point, to clear a path to reach students that they had already arrested, they pepper-sprayed a line of seated, quiet protesters.
This video, which shows the pepper-spraying, is going viral. This comment, from venture capitalist Chris Sacca, sums up what lots of people who watch it are thinking:
Seriously. Right now. [...]