Were Police Justified in Pepper Spraying UC Davis Students?

We ask readers of Dixon Patch if police were justified in pepper spraying Occupy UC Davis protesters Friday

If you haven't seen the video of UC Davis Police pepper spraying students on campus during Occupy UC Davis, click on the attached video.

Then, answer this poll and drop a comment.


Aaron November 29, 2011 at 03:29 PM
There's the flaw in your argument... The standard for "reasonable-ness" for the police use of force is NOT that of the "reasonable person" as you suggest, it's the belief of a "reasonable, properly trained police officer put in the same conditions". As for the "Egyptian" news... it doesn't apply either. American law is what we follow.
Irina November 29, 2011 at 07:38 PM
Dane, I completely agree… Chancellor’s salary for 2010 (total compensation): $382,249.32 She has also received $100, 000 in relocation funds, which will be suspended if she leaves within four years from her hiring date (her probationary period has not yet ended). Also, important to note: What makes a word-class university (R1) institution is the faculty NOT the chancellor. Administrators are expendable, world-class researchers are not… When a Faculty Association calls for a resignation of a certain administrator, that administrator is done… whether she stays or goes… so the jury has ruled and the case has been decided…
JimmyJohns November 29, 2011 at 07:59 PM
If any of those kids is a PR major, Poly Sci or Communications major – then YES I THINK THEY PUSHED THIS IN THE HOPES OF GETTING OVER ZEALOUS RETALATION AND CAPTURIMNG THAT ON AN iPHONE – ABSOLUTELY. You are naive if do not think so. (As some who has protested with GreenPeace – I can tell you organized protested like camers)
Greg Coppes November 29, 2011 at 08:17 PM
First let me say there isn't anyway to justify hosing down those kids with pepper spray. It's just a matter of determining who is responsable. However it shakes out, it appears no matter which side you are on we all agree the Chanclor has got to go
Irina November 29, 2011 at 10:14 PM
UC Davis Physicists to Chancellor Katehi: http://blogs.discovermagazine.com/cosmicvariance/2011/11/22/uc-davis-physicists-to-chancellor-katehi/ Open Letter to Chancellor Linda P.B. Katehi by Professor Brown: http://bicyclebarricade.wordpress.com/2011/11/19/open-letter-to-chancellor-linda-p-b-katehi/ UC Davis English Department calls for Chancellor Katehi’s resignation: http://english.ucdavis.edu/ UC Davis Faculty Association calls for Katehi’s resignation: http://ucdfa.org/2011/11/19/dfa-board-calls-for-katehis-resignation/


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