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Occupy UC Davis Pepper Spray Victim Speaks Out [Video]

Occupy UC Davis Pepper Spray Victim Speaks Out [Video]

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.

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2:54AM PST on Dec 20, 2011

that was for steven b

2:53AM PST on Dec 20, 2011

i can't send you another green star. i'd send you 10 for this post if i could...

4:20PM PST on Nov 26, 2011

On another article one woman claims these are campus cops with no authority.

Does anyone know what police force that he (the cop that pepper sprayed) works for?

Does UC Berkley have campus cops with riot gear? Are these municiple employees and who are their suprevisors?

9:05AM PST on Nov 26, 2011

ENOUGH ALREADY!!!

THIS IS BEING RE-HASHED TO OBLIVION...LET THE AUTHORITIES IN CHARGE HANDLE THIS........

7:28PM PST on Nov 25, 2011

Cheryl B (cont'd)
There is no fine line that was crossed when the police summarily sprayed non-violent protesters at close range and when the protesters tried to protect themselves the police forcibly removed any protection and deliberately sprayed the protesters directly in the faces and in some cases into the mouths. On the scoville scale pepper-spray ranks second to bear spray and is many, many times more potent the jalapeno peppers, habanero chillis and even the Bhut Jolokia, the so-called "ghost peppers". Pepper spray may have been made from a food source but it's potency puts it into the weapons grade materials classification

7:25PM PST on Nov 25, 2011

Cheryl B
It is not the fault of the UC Davis, it is the fault of the Chacellor who brough the police on Campus and the persons in charge of police oprations who OKed the use of pepper spray on peaceful demonstrators doing the same thing the XL Pipeline protesters were doing outside the White House when 1253 of them were arrested without a single use of pepper-spray or police baton. They sat there peacefully and did passive resistance when being arrested. It is the fault of the Bush administration in using the military to fight a tactic when good old police work had always worked and did in fact work in getting the leader who ordered the attack on 9/11/2001. It is the Bush administrations fault in equipping civilian police forces with military weapons, equipment and gear to fight the war on terror here in the States. It is the fault of every administration who trained the civilian police forces the military tactics they have been using in the failed "War on Drugs". To do the things you call for would only hurt the students more, instead have the donors to the University system call for the Chancellor and the campus police involved to immediately resign and if they refuse then fire them immediately. There is no fine line that was crossed when the police summarily sprayed non-violent protesters at close range and when the protesters tried to protect themselves the police forcibly removed any protection and deliberately sprayed the protesters directly in the faces and in so

6:34AM PST on Nov 25, 2011

This is totally unacceptable. The police I continuously see doing things like this need to wake up and stop being hired goons for the higher-ups. They were just sitting there. How can someone sleep at night after attacking innocent people that he's supposed to protect?

11:32AM PST on Nov 24, 2011

This university should be boycotted. Do not attend this university. Do nothing for this university. Do not donate a dime to this university. This act of brutality should sicken every peace loving citizen in the land. Those who could justify such brutality are barbarians. Go OWS!!

8:08AM PST on Nov 24, 2011

Berny P
Les manifestants dont vous parlez qui regardent de provoquer des ennuis avec la police sont appelés anarchistes. Ces élèves étaient des manifestants pacifiques ne cherche pas à inciter ennuis, mais cherchaient à faire une déclaration pacifique. Les vidéos sous tous les angles montrer à la police sur-réagi à une situation non menaçante.

7:37AM PST on Nov 24, 2011

John M
The First Amendment to the Constitution guarantees "the right of freedom of speech and the right to peaceably assemble" who are you or the cops to take those rights away? When you are in the military you are sworn to obey all LAWFUL orders, any orders that the campus police made to the protesters who were exercizing their rights of free speech and to peacefully assemble were contra to the First Amendment therefor contra to American law therefor unlawful orders. As I stated in my previous post the act of civil disobedience usually is a peaceful act that breaks the law but protesters exercizing civil disobedience expect to be arrested but not brutalized.

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