By now, millions have seen the shocking video of silent, seated, students being pepper sprayed at point-blank range by Lt. John Pike on the UC Davis campus.
In a letter to Chancellor Linda Katehi, UC Davis professor Nathan Brown wrote:
“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.”
Some have defended the officer’s actions saying that the students should have known the pepper spray was coming, and that pepper spray is a food product, not a dangerous weapon.
In the video below, you’ll hear a first hand account of what happened last Friday by one of the victims of the attack. You be the judge.
Image Credit: Still from the above video.