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Students Shame UC Davis Chancellor With Silent Protest [Video]

Students Shame UC Davis Chancellor With Silent Protest [Video]

Sometimes, silence speaks volumes.

Just days after Lt. John Pike flippantly pepper-sprayed seated protesters at point-blank range, UC Davis students staged a curious protest to publicly shame the school’s Chancellor Linda Katehi.

Faculty have called for Katehi’s resignation following the use of excessive force against peaceful students protesting education funding cuts on the UC Davis campus.

Katehi has since ordered a “probe” to investigate the incident saying, the images ‘left me with a very bad feeling.’ Officers involved in the incident have been forced into administrative leave.

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Image: Overnight, someone left a commemorative bouquet of flowers in the center of the quad with tent pegs tucked in. This may be the beginnings of a larger memorial display. Credit: Occupy UC Davis

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10:35AM PST on Dec 27, 2011

The chancellor should absolutely resign, not just the chancellor though... Keep going students!!

4:19PM PST on Nov 25, 2011

thank you

10:12PM PST on Nov 22, 2011

Good grief! Why should Chancellor Katehi be forced to resign? For taking responsibility and being honest about this unfortunate situation. Honestly and responsibility is so refreshing these days, they should be honored to have her!

7:07PM PST on Nov 22, 2011

Silence is a killer! You doubt everything and everything torments you because you don't know what people are really thinking.

1:44PM PST on Nov 22, 2011

This incident must have been an exception to the rules for those police officers.

In Nevada, and probably everywhere else, police officers must account for every ounce of pepper spray they use, just like they have to account for every bullet fired.

No one of authority, meaning not even police officers or security officers, can use pepper spray without being certified. What occurred is what is strongly advised—while in training—not to do during an incident.

Apparently, spraying pepper spray directly into one’s eyes can cause permanent vision loss or blindness.

6:51AM PST on Nov 22, 2011

The chancellor should resign. The students should be applauded!

4:51AM PST on Nov 22, 2011

Very eloquent and powerful.

2:21AM PST on Nov 22, 2011

Steven B. obama wouldnt and coudnt do that he's part of the problem with goverment , he is a 1% .

1:17AM PST on Nov 22, 2011

The video is eerie indeed. I had the shivers watching it and can't imagine being the target of the silence. Bravo to the students for this action.

Since the people involved in the incident were campus cops yes, the Chancellor needs to resign. She may not have given the order but it's her school, she's responsible for every thing that happens.

9:44PM PST on Nov 21, 2011

Joan E
Excellent post. It makes me sick that the Bush administration did not listen to the top military brass before invading Iraq and before the use of torture that America had hung people for committing against our troops. No matter how much people liked Jack Baur, the actual chances of getting the needed intel via the use of torture to stop the proverbial ticking bomb is abouit the same chance a round clump of frozen rain would have in Satan's livingroom. Cheney and Liz are out there trying to change history saying they stopped the Library Tower (now called the Bank Tower in L.A.) terrorist attack through the use of torture shows how desperate they are to vindacate themselves. Khalid Sheik Mohammed, the terrorist they tortured and now claim to have gotten the intel to stop the Library Tower terrorist plot was captured March 1, 2003 but the attack it self was uncovered and thwarted in 2002 through the use of a telephone wiretap. Former President George W. Bushhas long claimed that "a great many" terrorist plots had been foiled by his administration's torture policies (they called them “aggressive interrogation" techniques). But a March 29 Washington Post story reveals that the torture of Abu Zubaida, touted by the ex-president as an intelligence treasure-trove, failed to foil a single terror plot and turned up scores of false leads.

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