Police Pepper Spray Peaceful UC Davis Students (Updated)Nov 20
Click image to see a larger version. Photo by Wayne Tilcock.
POLICE OFFICER PEPPER-SPRAYS SEATED, NON-VIOLENT STUDENTS AT UC DAVIS
By Xeni Jardin
November 18, 2011
At the University of California at Davis this afternoon, police tore down down the tents of students inspired by the Occupy Wall Street movement, and arrested those who stood in their way. Others peacefully demanded that police release the arrested.
In the video above, you see a police officer [Update: UC Davis Police Lt. John Pike] walk down a line of those young people seated quietly on the ground in an act of nonviolent civil disobedience, and spray them all with pepper spray at very close range. He is clearing a path for fellow officers to walk through and arrest more students, but it’s as if he’s dousing a row of bugs with insecticide.
Wayne Tilcock of the Davis-Enterprise newspaper has a gallery of photographs from the incident, including the image thumbnailed above (larger size at davisenterprise.com). Ten people in this scene were arrested, nine of whom were current UC Davis students. At least one woman is reported to have been taken away in an ambulance with chemical burns.
This 8-minute video was uploaded just a few hours ago, and has already become something of an iconic, viral emblem accross the web. We’re flooded with eyewitness footage from OWS protests right now, but this one certainly feels like an important one, in part because of what the crowd does after the kids are pepper-sprayed. Watch the whole thing.
There’s a related post on the Occupy Cal blog.
Thanks to the numerous Boing Boing readers who @’ed or emailed this one in. It’s hard to come up with an alternate narrative that explains away the impression one gets from watching this, which is “pure awful brutality.”
AFTER PEPPER-SPRAYING, A POWERFULLY SILENT PROTEST AT UC DAVIS
November 20, 2011
Campus police said the officers had been surrounded by protesters and commanders have defended their actions. So did university Chancellor Linda P.B. Katehi — which led to a call from the school’s faculty association for her resignation. Katehi has since said she wants an outside, independent panel to review what happened and that she doesn’t plan to step down.
There’s a second video related to this story that we want to share. In some ways it’s more powerful than the one that’s been going viral.
On Saturday, after a news conference she held, Katehi remained inside one of the university’s buildings for a couple hours. Outside, protesters regrouped. And when she emerged, there was one of the most amazing scenes so far related to the Occupy movement. As Katehi and another woman walked three blocks to an SUV, they passed through a gauntlet of several hundred students — who remained silent in a powerful show of their disdain.
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• Declaration of the Occupation of New York City
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• Cartoon: Jail Time: Wall Street Demonstrators Versus Wall Street Bankers
• Police Pepper Spray Peaceful UC Davis Students
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