Sunday, November 20, 2011

This is Disgusting - The First Amendment Matters

I want everybody who reads this to watch the linked video. A group of students sitting on the ground in protest at U.C. Davis are pepper sprayed by what I assume are campus police for no apparent reason. The officer pepper sprays them as if they were not human at all. Watch the video and then read the linked article. In the article one officer says that this approach is standard for people who don't comply. Really, you watch the video and tell me that this is right and by the way, how many people will seek to go to a university where this is how they are treated after paying their money to get an education.

The video - YouTube - Police pepper spraying and arresting students at UC Davis
The article - Officers in pepper spray incident placed on leave

"Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances."

You better respect the constitution as it applies to all especially those you disagree with or it has no meaning and you have no rights. When the people with authority violate the laws then the people will soon follow and ignore them also.


You know I went back and read a couple of articles on this and I am more disgusted now then when I first saw the video. The moron in charge of the campus police said that the officers had been surrounded by protesters and had to use pepper spray in order to get away. Really? Is that what you see in the video? The officers didn't pepper spray people surrounding them, they pepper sprayed people sitting on the ground. The police had no problem leaving and had weapons.

Do we hire any police with and sense anymore? U.C. Davis has had many protests, why is it the the Occupy movement protest was treated harsher? The protesters were not intimidating the police, they were just sitting on the ground, walk around them. What effect will this episode have on the campus police and the university itself? Not a good one.

As I have said in the past, this is not about a law or series of laws, this is about the system itself and that is why it is found so threatening to people who presume they have authority. The video highlights who is truly guilty and it is the police. Could you casually use heavy duty pepper spray on someone just sitting on the ground as the officer did? How do you do that to someone, I could not and my father who was a distinguished would not have.

There are those who think that they will simply remove tents from lawns and that the issues will all go away; but, that is not history. UC Davis Police Chief Annette Spicuzza stated that the police had been encircled and were forced to pepper spray so that they could exit. She is a liar and the video shows that. Shame on her, she should be removed from her position as she clearly is incapable of taking the appropriate action in order to restore some dignity to the force that she commands.

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