Saturday, November 19, 2011
Peaceful College Students Pepper Sprayed by Police at UC Davis
Your Black World reports
Video appeared online showing a police officer at the University of California, Davis pepper spraying a group of peaceful protesters. This video has led to the chancellor of the university ordering an official investigation into the incident. While the officer pepper sprays the protesters, people are standing to the side screaming and begging him to stop.
"The use of the pepper spray as shown on the video is chilling to us all and raises many questions about how best to handle situations like this," Chancellor Linda Katehi said.
The faculty at the university are asking for the chancellor to resign, holding her responsible for the incident. The students were protesting in support of the Occupy Wall Street Movement. The chancellor is expected
to hold a news conference about the incident.
This incident is just the latest violence to hit the Occupy Wall Street Movement. Police have had run-ins with protesters in New York, Oakland and all around the country. Police chiefs and mayors are holding conference calls to figure out how to deal with the movements happening all across America. In Oakland, police used rubber bullets and tear gas to get protesters to leave the occupied area, and some cities are using pepper spray on large crowds.
In one incident, an 84-year old activist was pepper sprayed, and a group of women were attacked in New York. The mayor of Seattle apologized for the incident that hurt the 84-year old, and an officer lost 10 vacation days in New York for attacking the group of women.
The UC Davis police are saying that the pepper spraying incident only occurred because the officer was surrounded.
"There was no way out of that circle," said Annette Spicuzza, head of the UC Davis Police Department. "They were cutting the officers off from their support. It's a very volatile situation."
Davis didn't explain why the officer felt threatened by a group of protesters who were all lying on the ground.
Posted by Standard English at 7:18 PM