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Pepper-Spraying Campus Police Placed On Leave

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Thankfully, something is being done.

Yesterday, we showed you the disturbing and SHOCKING video (above) of police pepper spraying non-violent protestors at the Occupy movement on the UC Davis campus.

UC Davis Chanceloor Linda Katehi said she shared the "outrage" of students and was "deeply saddened" by the actions of the police.

She added:

"I am deeply saddened that this happened on our campus, and as chancellor, I take full responsibility for the incident. However, I pledge to take the actions needed to ensure that this does not happen again."

Thankfully, the two police officers were placed on administrative leave and the Chancellor plans to talk with students, faculty, and staff "to listen to their concerns and hear their ideas for restoring civil discourse to the campus."

Her response is not enough for all though. Assistant professor Nathan Brown, who works in the college's English Department, wrote and open letter to the Chancellor:

"When students covered their eyes with their clothing, police forced open their mouths and pepper-sprayed down their throats," Brown wrote.

I call for your resignation because you are unfit to do your job. You are unfit to ensure the safety of students at UC Davis. In fact: you are the primary threat to the safety of students at UC Davis."

Wow. We are just as equally angry and frustrated with these incidents. We are still in shock over the use of force these police officers used on the students who were protesting peacefully. Disgusting.

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63 comments to “Pepper-Spraying Campus Police Placed On Leave”

  1. REPUB says – reply to this


    screw the occupy movement they deserve everything they get as far as pain and punishment is concerned

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    Chancellor Linda Katehi should resign, for two reasons; (1) she called the police, and (2) she can hardly speak English. She is the head of a University in the United States and has such a heavy (Greek) accent, that you can barely understand her. And her sympathy is disingenuous, because SHE called the police!

  3. Rohan says – reply to this


    They got what they deserved! Regardless if you THINK you are right or wrong, if you blatantly disobey the orders of officers of the law then be prepared to suffer the consequences. Plain and simple!

  4. 4

    And Annette Spicuzza, the UC Davis police chief should also be fired! She misstated important facts to the media. She claimed that the protesters surrounded the police officers, and therefore justified the use of pepper spray, but videos show this to be a lie! Everyone has a camera now, sucks for liars with an agenda.

  5. 5

    They were warned. Then they were warned again, then the police tried to physically remove them..Then they warned them that if they did not get up and leave they would be pepper sprayed. They refused. You can't sit there and bitch about the police for doing their job after they were warned time and time again. People really are dumb these days.

    Idiot: NO
    Cop: *pepper sprays the idiot in the face*
    Public: OMG THOSE EVIL COPS HOW DARE THEM! Something has to be done!!11

  6. 6

    How convenient that only the tea party can call upon the constitution when they are protesting stupid s**t. We are protesting the fact that we bailed out these idiots on Wall Street and what do we as college students get??? Increased tuition… It is our constitution given right to protest. This attack was uncalled for, I hope this person resigns her post.

  7. 7

    Re: Rohan – you're an idiot. so let's say that the police tasered them/beat them? Since they disobeyed the officer's orders, they should face the consequences right? What about back in the day where people were fighting for women's rights, or black rights? Clearly many of them disobeyed "officer's orders" but it got us to a more positive place. You're everything that is wrong with this world. The law isn't always right or just, that's why you fight it with peaceful protest. You're a passive citizen, just accepting what is being put in front of you without questioning it.

  8. 8

    Re: NookiesWA – okay, so if the police said "leave now or i'll shoot/taser you?", it's totally okay because they were warned correct? It would have been a completely different situation if they just arrested them or charged them. But pepper spray causes physical pain and sometimes physical damage. It was completely uncalled for.

  9. 9

    The officers should not have been reprimanded, they warned these little cry babies. Don't defy direct order from law enforcement then cry about the outcome. Next time they need to shot them then it will be a real reason to be disciplined.

  10. Laura says – reply to this


    she might have been responsible, but i wonder if ASSISTANT PROFESSOR Brown would have been as coarse if the Chancellor were a male.

  11. REPUB says – reply to this


    Re: da1991 – the TEA party you fool acts out against the overtaxation of the citizens of the country even you fucking idiots

  12. 12

    @Rohan So the civil rights protesters got what they deserved back in the 60s? That was civil disobedience as well. If it were up to you we'd still have segregation in this country.

  13. 13

    Taking violent action against non-violent "offenders" is abhorrent.

  14. 14

    Re: da1991 – Da, these idiots got bailouts (which they did pay back) from Congress. The only reason they got bailouts is because Congress voted to give them bailouts, which is why I can't understand why all of these misguided protesters are camped out on Wall Street instead of the steps of Congres?!?!

  15. 15

    I am shocked and saddened that this happened to them. I fully agree with you Perez and the other people in these comments who are sticking up for the poor people who did not deserve this! I hope justice is served to those who were hurt physically.

  16. 16

    A peaceful demonstration does not mean it's a legal one. The protesters were warned several times to unlock arms and move off the sidewalk and given that they refused, they were in violation for unlawful assembly and failure to disperse. As a result, the police pepper sprayed them. Unlawful actions = consequence, and these students just experienced an important lesson … that you may legally protest however you may not illegally protest and if you continue to do so despite being warned by the police, you will experience some form of punishment. In this case, they were sprayed and charged with misdemeanors. I support the police 100%.

  17. Rohan says – reply to this


    Re: Lexiie – Using pepper spray is NON VIOLENT! There is no comparison to getting tasered or beaten. I'm not here to say who was right or wrong, however I DO know that if you blatantly disobey officers of the law you run the risk of suffering the consequences. That's just the way it works. If the police ask me to move from a location over and over and over again I would be a moron to stay there and think they're going to just say "ok, forget it" and walk away, just as these people did…and there is your result! I have no sympathy for these people.

  18. 18

    How convenient that the chancellor gets to be "outraged" when the police were doing their JOB to clear out those who were breaking the law on HER campus. She called THEM!! Let's add up all of the money spent on policing, cleaning up, etc… and see how much the rest of the 99% who are working every day will have to pay for those in the 99% who are being "civilly" disobedient!! I am disgusted that most of these people are unemployed by choice, they don't vote, and while I support the freedom of speech always, what is the Occupy Movement really getting accomplished?! Disgusting!

  19. Rohan says – reply to this


    Re: Gisela – If they did not obey the law and blatantly disregarded orders by officers of the law, then you suffer the consequences, plain and simple! If you get stopped for a speeding and the officer asks you to step out of the vehicle, do you think you have a choice? If you say no do you think the officer will just give up and walk away? No, you will be dragged out of and removed from your car. Again, regardless if you THINK you are right or wrong, people should have the common sense that if you disregard officers of the law then you suffer the consequences, but don't cry about it after you knowingly made your choice to ignore them.

  20. 20

    Re: Meggie246524 – You are so obviously a pampered spoiled child. I'm sure that your parents paid for your education entirely, leaving you with zero debt, and zero empathy for those less fortunate than you! Tuition hikes affect students, sorry that you can't relate!

  21. 21

    So F-ing sick of these stupid hippies. Cops have a job to do. This whole occupy movement is doing nothing but waste MORE city and school money. If you want to change the world go volunteer or pick-up trash somewhere. Don't sit there and complain like a bunch of babies.

  22. 22

    My fellow Americans, ask not what your country can do for you, ASK WHAT YOU CAN DO FOR YOUR COUNTRY!!

  23. 23

    What was done to these students was just disgusting!

  24. 24

    cocktail molotovs next! occupy wall streets should burn police alive! fuck police! scumbags!

  25. 25

    "disturbing and SHOCKING" FUCKING spare me! What I saw was of bunch of kids that Mommy and Daddy never said NO to! They should be thankful that all they got was some pepper spray!

  26. 26

    ummmm Perez, check your shit before you hit that publish button, sweetie. The open letter written by Nathan Brown to Chancellor Linda Katehi was posted BEFORE her recent comments about the unfortunate incident. So to say that her response wasn't enough for Professor Brown is just utter bullshit. You don't know what his response is to her recent comments, so edit that shit if you know any better

  27. 27

    Re: REPUB – spoken like a true republican. why don't you just die?

  28. @v@ says – reply to this


    There are laws governing and allowing peaceable assembly, and video will clearly determine which side was on the side of existing laws.

  29. 29

    I'd Hate to be a cop. When they do their job the're punished.
    Those protestors were Warned, and still continued to sit. Their 15 minutes of fame.
    They are Idiots. Pepper spray was polite.

  30. REPUB says – reply to this


    Re: Alexima – listen asshole I am a conservative yes I am how can anyone take these occupiers seriously when you try to have a discussion with them in person and he is standing there holding a ziploc bag of his own shit

  31. 31

    While yes the police were doing their jobs, it was completely unnecessary to use pepper spray on the students at such a close range. If you want the crowded to disburse cops have to use tear gas NOT pepper spray which, is used to incapacitate a crowd. The UC Davis police are NOT authorized to use pepper spray unless they feel that injury to themselves or others may occur. Part of the group of the police officers were about to attempt to move the students from the walk way but were unable to since Lt. Pike waved them back so that he could use the pepper spray. The UC Davis police chief also said that the police had no way out of the crowd and were cutting them off from support, but it can be clearly seen in the video they they were not cut off from the other officers where they had to resort to using pepper spray. You can clearly see Lt. Pike step over the line of students to pepper spray them at close range.

  32. 32

    Yes, the students had been ordered to tear down their tents some complied others did not, BUT the remaining tents were take down by the police WITHOUT incident before the pepper spray events happened. We are protesting because it is unfair that the UC Board of Regents is increasing tuition costs while cutting down our financial aid, making some of us quit school; get a job to save up money for a PUBLIC school. It is unfair that some of these students may have to quit and may not even return to school because they have no money to pay for school. While the Chancellor makes $400,000 each year along with university provided benefits. Some students are fortunate that they come from middle to high-income family that can pay for education. But some of us do not have that luxury, we have to take up jobs and take a heavier course load so that we won't have to stay in school for more years requiring us to take out loans. AND I AM A UC DAVIS STUDENT.

  33. 33

    Re: Rohan – Because the point is to stand up and fight for what you believe in. If everybody acted as you would… Nothing would ever change.

  34. 34

    there's so much wrong with many of the comments here, but it's mainly because the writers are not aware of all the facts. i'm a professor at uc davis and everything that's happened to our campus over the last 10 year is appalling.
    1. students are currently protesting an 81% increase in student fees. that would make a total of 165% fee increase in 8 years.
    2. while student fees are increased and faculty/staff salary have also been decreased up to the tune of 10% (educators are some of the lowest paid professional workers in some of the most expensive cities in the nation, starting pay is about 45k)
    3. UC execs have been giving themselves regular salary increases annually while they tell everyone else we are in an economic "crisis"
    4. most of the monies are made through private dealings like promoting international student increases while denying in-state students access to public education.
    5. ect….

    so, students are trying the change nearly 10 years of mis-dealings. education should be free for all (or affordable) but in a capitalist society, money goes to execs and not the professors or students. most students will not be able to pay back the large loans they have to take out to get degrees. this is not right. so, if you still think the students deserve to go through physical pain while they are peacefully protesting for the right to an education for all, then you just don't see reality.

  35. 35

    Re: cafehead1 – Bravo!

  36. 36

    Re: davisstudent – You are a student of the UC system, which has been corrupt for years. The Regents have been fattening their personal coffers for ages off of the backs of students and alumni. Why don't you protesters move your camps to the front yards of Jerry Brown (Head of the UC System), Nancy Pelosi and Diane Feinstein. They are the 1%.

  37. 37

    Mario: I DARE you to switch places with a cop assigned to crowd control for one of the occupy movements. You are given orders to disburse the crowd. The crowd doesn't want to leave. What are you going to do? Interview them? Discuss their uniforms and how navy or black just isn't cheerful enough? Reason with every individual in a one on one dialogue? You are do delusional. Why don”t you take a trip to Iran and talk them out of nuclear weaponry? I'm sure they'll cooperate. Or maybe you think they should have nukes. After all, it's FAIR.

  38. @v@ says – reply to this


    Re: poodlewithamohawk – Maybe uni management needs to take their heads out and get front and centre with a microphone after they've figured out some budget cutting so that these kids can still afford to go to school. Those increases sound ridiculously steep. How is pepper spraying intelligent kids solving their dilemma? How is it teaching them to work toward amicable solution? Society is letting them down.

  39. 39

    Good im happy to see these losers get pepper sparyed!! Instead of wasting your time protesting and causing annoyance in cities, go out and find a job! I'd like to see a resume from every single one of these hippies!

  40. 40

    my best friend's sister-in-law makes $83 hourly on the computer. She has been out of a job for 8 months but last month her check was $8677 just working on the computer for a few hours. Here's the site 4c3.de/bcG

  41. auds says – reply to this


    Cops are evil SOBs, plain and simple. They can "warn" these people all they want, they have a RIGHT to peacefully protest if they so wish. The cops in this video should be lined up and shot in the head. The US is becoming a psychotic police state where we no longer have the right to free speech and cops are allowed to do anything they want just "because they're cops." They should be ashamed of themselves and everyone involved should should lose their job.

  42. 42

    Re: auds – -yeah real evil when they are trying to keep our streets and communities safe from THE EVIL OF violence, murderers, rapist, sex offenders, gang bangers, drug trafficking and all the other sick things in this world. These people got warned and didn't listen like they should have. Were u there to witness any of these protestors, for all we know it could have been starting to get outta hand. We are only hearing from the protestors side in which it is their jobs as protestors to bitch and cry ABOUT EVERYTHING! if they had listened then it would have been a peaceful protest and they would have never gotten pepper sprayed DUH!!!

  43. 43

    Re: Liquidx911 – And another person shows what a moron they are…. So "going out and finging a job" would mean a shitty wage at Verizon hawking cell phones, or sales at a mall store or something else lowly like that. What about that computer you're using to post your comments? What about that car you may be driving? What about the cell phone you probably have? Or the residence you live in? They were created by scientists, engineers and architects. All of which require a degree. If everyone just went out and got a job then you elitests would have NOTHING that you hold so sacred. Forget going to the doctor. There wouldn't be any. Forget that high blood pressure or diabetes medication. No one would be making them. Forget McDonalds… the people who create their foods and run their corporate buildings are hold high degrees. College degrees keep the world turning, and if kids can get affordable educations then what's going to happen?

  44. 44

    The 2 officers were most likely placed on AL due 2 Dept. Policy … SOP …

  45. 45

    Re: @v@ – I am a UC alumni. The increases are ridiculous and the Regents have gotten away with blatant corruption for years. Jerry Brown is in charge. Why has he been so quiet? Why has been so friggin' quiet on regarding all of the CA "occupy" movements? The home of the Regents is not in Davis. It's a State system. Jerry is accountable. But since so many protesters are union cronies, of course they will not attack the 1% who have sold them down the river.

  46. 46

    Re: @v@ – Look, @v@, I normally like your comments. BUT these were cops doing their job. Also, who's to say these protesters are intelligent? They could be a bunch of fucking morons. They were told to leave or face the pepper spray. They stayed and got pepper sprayed. America allows for peaceful protests. I don't recall any Tea-Partier protesters getting pepper sprayed. Cops are blue-collar workers. Most college professors are white-collar workers and are not in the 1%. If peeps are gonna protest the 1% then they should protest anyone that makes more than $500k a year. That is the 1%.

  47. 47

    Anyone who defends the actions of the police - and their being called in included - is delusional. Stand up for your rights to free and peaceful protest. You don't pepper spray human beings posing ZERO threat to anyone. And anyone who defends such actions is OWNED by the corporate masters who would see all citizens silenced (as they've been working hard to do for decades now). In fact, reports demonstrate that banks are circulating memos on ways to undermine, silence and otherwise thwart OWS protesters - a.k.a. THE PEOPLE. These actions show the hand of those who would silence American citizens. And if it weren't so damn politically INcorrect, you'd bet these police would shoot the crowds as they did at Kent State.

  48. 48

    Re: Adorable Kevy – You fucking idiot. Do you know people who work at banks? They aren't the 1% Do you know any cops? They aren't the 1%. They are blue-collar workers trying to feed their families and put a roof over their heads. I suggest you do some research on the 1% if that is who you are angry with. I also suggest that you do some research on the Tea Party protesters. They scared the fuck outta politicians by voting them the fuck out. I never saw one Tea Party protester pepper-sprayed and yet they held "peaceful" protests. Gee, I wonder why?

  49. 49

    Re: Eldridge Cleaver – Brilliant retort. lol. And whose orders do they follow, (nimrod)? You're so owned you don't even know it, do you? And HEY! Its the BANKS running scared as they plot to lobby and conspire to undermine the voices of the people. YOU need to wake up and educate yourself to the realities of what is going on. But your sort is uneducable you Tea Party sorts have demonstrated endlessly. And the Tea Party is the sort who calls in the police to pepper spray people. So your WONDERMENT as to why they'd not be pepper sprayed is because the liberals and those defending true American rights wouldn't call in the pepper spray on them. So you answered your own MYSTERY, (nimrod).

  50. 50

    wow at the idiots on here thinking the police have a right to use pepper spray in peoples mouth and eyes when sitting peacefully. You should be ashamed to have a police force so barbaric. Pepper spray is to control and subdue aggressive offenders not peaceful protesters!

  51. 51

    Re: Rohan – The LAW allows for peaceful demonstration, freedom of speech, and the right to an assembly. These college students being able to express themselves because of what the police did is entirely wrong. This is an example of America saying that you have freedom of speech, but when it comes down to it, they don't want you to say anything at all. Start focusing on the bigger picture here.

  52. 52

    the college students *not* being able

  53. 53

    Those of you defending the actions of these cops are defending a tyrannical form of government, and that is extremely sad and terrifying. Stand up and fight for each other! Educate yourselves! The cops are pawns in the game, created by the system, ignorant and blind. They do not understand that the corruption is disguised so strategically, and neither do many of you! We are all brothers and sisters, and those in power have turned us all against each other. Wake up.

    "The great enemy of the truth is very often not the lie, deliberate, contrived and dishonest, but the myth, persistent, persuasive and unrealistic." -John F. Kennedy

  54. 54

    There were Occupy Movement protests in Sacramento, but the police moved them out. Also, Gov. Jerry Brown is NOT the Head of the UC System, though he does have a seat on the Board of Regents for being the Governor of California. Most of the current members of the Board where appointed by Arnold, NOT Brown.

  55. @v@ says – reply to this


    Re: Eldridge Cleaver – I'm not against police. They're intelligent enough to have been accepted into a University, and that's saying something. I

  56. @v@ says – reply to this


    Re: Eldridge Cleaver – I'm not against police at all, and especially police that protect and serve; actions should be in context, and these kids could have been addressed as though admin was listening, for a start. They're intelligent enough to have been accepted into a University, and that's saying something. I think there were other options that weren't brought to the fore in this situation. They wish to be heard. This action doesn't do that. Did any uni brass come out and speak to or with them? Look at the increases. The kids are probably scared. They somehow feel as if there are no options left.

  57. 57

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  58. 58

    Just imagine what happens if these cops were given orders to shoot to kill with live fire rounds…Imagine what the national guard could do to us if they were given the same orders..and you anti-gun California hippies want guns banned..This is just a taste of what would happen. If our right to bear arms is taken away, we are fucked. You see how violent cops can get and the amount of damage that they can do to people. Imagine those pepper spray canisters and beanbags and teargas is replaced with assault rifles, and grenades.

  59. 59

    EVERYONE. first of all, none of the fucking students at UCD are apart of the 99% unless they lost their retirement or hundreds of thousands of dollars, which again none of them did because they are in college. They want to protest because its something to do in davis. Perez do not disrespect cops and what they had to do because you were not there. I saw how these students were acting, they needed to leave and they didn't. They created an unsafe situation. You might not approve of the cops, but when you are in serious trouble I GUARANTEE they are going to be the first people you call.

  60. 60

    i don't care if they are placed on 'administrative leave' so long as the next step is the death penalty….

  61. 61

    The pepper spraying campus police should be fired not placed on leave.
    Chancellor Lind Katehi should be fired!

  62. 62

    Re: WhoKnows13 – YOU THINK COLLEGE STUDENTS HAVE RETIREMENT MONEY? OR HUNDREDS OF THOUSANDS OF DOLLARS? You are such a moron. Seriously you have no idea how the world works around you and obviously you are not college educated. College students often don't have enough money or enough available loans to be full time students. Many go to school from single parent households or households where a parent has a disability. Just to reiterate, YOU KNOW NOTHING AND ARE A COMPLETE MORON.

  63. 63

    Re: ladyolivia – I agree. I had to quit going to school, move back home, and get a job because my parents dont have the money to pay for school.