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An Article on the Pepper Spray Mentality

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Re: An Article on the Pepper Spray Mentality

Postby DCB » Sat Nov 26, 2011 12:43 pm

rabble wrote:
Stella_Guru wrote:It is a small step to go from supporting the abuse of defenseless detainees, supporting the power to kill or imprison with no due process, to supporting the pepper spraying of non-violent protesters by a robocop costumed, para-militarized domestic police force.

Hm. I wonder if that notion will occur to anyone else on the day they say "The officers responded in exactly the proper manner. No charges, no reprimands."



DIgby says much the same thing, in a discussion about the use of pepper spray and tasers:
this militarization of our society at large, not just the police, was bound to catch up with us. (The recent calling of the president the "commander in chief" of the people, rather than just the military symbolizes this as well as anything.)

And a more recent post about a disabled man killed by a taser for biking-while-deaf.
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Re: An Article on the Pepper Spray Mentality

Postby rabble » Thu Aug 02, 2012 2:05 pm

Pepper-spraying policeman departs U.C.-Davis

The pepper-spraying was an "objectively unreasonable" use of force by the campus police, a 190-page report by a University of California task force said in April.

The report also accused Pike of misusing his now-iconic weapon. The bright red pepper-spray canister he brandished to the crowd before discharging was "not an authorized weapon" under campus police guidelines, and "is a higher pressure type of pepper spray than what officers normally carry on their utility belts."

It was designed to be used at a distance of at least six feet. "And Lt. Pike did not use it correctly," the report found.
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Re: An Article on the Pepper Spray Mentality

Postby rabble » Sat Sep 15, 2012 1:06 am

UC to pay damages in UC Davis pepper-spraying incident
The University of California will be paying damages to the UC Davis students and alumni who were pepper-sprayed by campus police during an otherwise peaceful protest 10 months ago, officials said Thursday.
...UC regent Leslie Tang Schilling said the regents decided to settle the matter because UC needs to move past the pepper-spray controversy and focus on many pressing budgetary issues.
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