A FULL video of the UC Davis pepper spray incident. Shows the stuff that the liberal media would never show.
This doesn’t really resemble police brutality… the cops seem very peaceful the whole time other than taking down the student that was resisting arrest. The students were the ones yelling profanities at the police, claiming rights while violating the law, setting up a blockade, resisting arrest and giving the cops ultimatums. Is this really what “peaceful” means?
Goes to show the media can conveniently “leave out” anything as they please that might make their side look unpopular… and that goes in any direction.
A friend of mine posted this, and I’d like to address some points.
1) There’s a lot of debate about whether the media is “liberal” or “conservative” biased. And I think it’s a lot of both? Yes, the media is pretty good on pushing surface level “liberal” values, particularly LGBTQ rights in recent years. At the same time, when you look at the level of viewership a very much “conservative” media Fox News gets, you can see that a lot of the country is continuously inundated in “conservative” messages. Add to that the prominence of “conservative” media figures like Glenn Beck (who has his on channel now?) and Rush Limbaugh (with his popular radio show). Also, the “liberal” media is very tame, and as noted in a recent Link on Wall Street Breaking the Law, even the “liberal” media doesn’t do a good job prioritizing actually important news.
a)I was going to make this post elsewhere, but I personally believe that the students, and other protesters, should not resist arrest once the cuffs are on and the rights are recited. Regardless of how I feel about the law and their legitimacy, the Police have to follow it, and if they follow it correctly, if I were protesting and broke one of those laws, I should be arrested calmly and with some semblance of dignity.
b) Yes, there are profanities hurled at the Police. Going back to “conservative” media, it’s OK for adults to hurl profanities at other people, but students can’t? Do we honestly think that the adult Police officers were emotionally hurt by the profanities? Personally, I hate profanities. I never use them unless I am very emotional about what I’m trying to express. So Yes, I don’t like that the students use profanities, but No, I don’t think that the use of profanities was very relevant to the response by the Police.
c) Yes, there is evidence of mob mentality, and I don’t like mob mentality either. But regardless of the angry state of the students, they still didn’t show any visual show of violence or physical threat to the Police. That’s my assessment based on this video. By student choice or not, at any given time there is a fairly large distance between the students and the central core group of Police officers, and I didn’t see anything thrown.
d) I’ve made this point earlier, but escalation is a very important factor. This is my un-researched opinion, but when Police bring their Riot Gear, high powered BB Guns, Batons, and Pepper Spray, it raises tensions for everyone. Everyone has more fear and raw nerves, making it easier for a mob mentality to develop, clouding people’s judgement. So who really incited the mob mentality? The students? Or the actions, show of force of the Police officers? If someone brings a gun to a fine dinner, it’s going to change the environment and how people act. I think that is something important to consider.
e) The critical seconds of the whole UCD incident is still the same. The premise of the act of Pepper Spray was “Students refused to be arrested and posed a threat to Police Officers by preventing their Exit”. But Threat of Force and Application of Force are two very different things. You can see that by shaking and showing his Pepper Spray, John Pike caused a reaction in the students. They stopped moving, they looked down, were unaware of their surroundings, did not actively oppose his action of stepping over the line. This, from my assessment of the video, allowed Pike to, with ease, step through a crack between the Protesters, allowing his Exit. It looks to me, the Threat of Force caused a reaction that nulls the “The Police could not Exit” argument. At this point, the Application of Force (the use of Pepper Spray) should have become null as well. The Threat of Force worked; the Protester’s “implied threat” turned out to be empty; and could have been repeated until all Police Officers got out.
Addendum: In reference to 2e, I am basing my claim off an interview with the Police Chief who oversaw the UCD incident, directly after the incident. In the interview, the Police Chief explicitly said that the decision to use Pepper Spray was because, and I quote Interviewer: “Was that use of force really necessary?” Chief Spicuzza: “Uh, to get out there? Yes. If you look at the video, you’re going to see that there was over 200 people in that quad and that they had already, uh, encircled those officers.” So while I agree that Arrest was warranted under the direction of the Chief or Katehi, I think that the Application of Force, using Pepper Spray, was no longer warranted. Because the “use of force” was for the purpose of “to get out of there”.