UPDATE (11/21/11): Viewing the UC Davis Pepper Spraying from Multiple Angles, Andy Baio, waxy.org
I was stunned and appalled by the UC Davis Police spraying protestors, but struck by how many brave, curious people recorded the events. I took the four clearest videos and synchronized them. Citizen journalism FTW. Sources below.
Best viewed in HD fullscreen.
UPDATE (11/20/11): A Change.org Petition: Police Pepper-Spray Peaceful UC Davis Students: Ask Chancellor Katehi to Resign! has nearly 34,000 signatures in only one day. Sign it!
From CBS Sacramento 13: Watch as police [Update: UC Davis Police Lt. John Pike] spray students (and reporters) at close range. As CBS reports, riot police were forced to “retreat” when the crowd grew larger (update: shown in second video below).
Authorities began using pepper spray on parts of the crowd shortly after 4:00 p.m. and began arresting students, but retreated after the crowd swelled in size at about 4:10 p.m.
CBS13 reporter Checkey Beckford and videojournalist Dennis Marin were hit with pepper spray during the incident.
At least 10 students were arrested.
Students had set up an encampment on the field Thursday in solidarity with “Occupy Wall Street” and to protest higher tuition costs. Many of the protesters told CBS13 they planned to set up camp again and remain on the quad throughout the night.
UPDATE: This Is What Craven Cowardice Looks Like (video of police retreat, unbelievable)
This clip shows the whole scene of the crowd literally shaming UC Davis police into retreat, looking not unlike puppy dogs backing away with their tails between their hind legs. As if they know what they did is indefensible. (via boingboing.net)
In the video above, you see a police officer [Update: UC Davis Police Lt. John Pike] walk down a line of those young people seated quietly on the ground in an act of nonviolent civil disobedience, and spray them all with pepper spray at very close range . . . as if he’s dousing a row of bugs with insecticide.
Wayne Tilcock of the Davis-Enterprise newspaper has a gallery of photographs from the incident, including the image thumbnailed above (larger size at davisenterprise.com). Ten people in this scene were arrested, nine of whom were current UC Davis students. At least one woman is reported to have been taken away in an ambulance with chemical burns.
There’s a related post on the Occupy Cal blog.
[Photo: Wayne Tilcock/, Davis-Enterprise ]
“Police used batons to try to push the students apart. Those they could separate, they arrested, kneeling on their bodies and pushing their heads into the ground. Those they could not separate, they pepper-sprayed directly in the face, holding these students as they did so. When students covered their eyes with their clothing, police forced open their mouths and pepper-sprayed down their throats. Several of these students were hospitalized. Others are seriously injured. One of them, forty-five minutes after being pepper-sprayed down his throat, was still coughing up blood.
“This is what happened. You are responsible for it. . . .
“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. As such, I call upon you to resign immediately.”
Also: Katehi’s $400,000 salary (2009) and “corruption charges” (Sfgate, 6/16/09)
CONTINUED HERE (More Updates): UC Davis: Faculty call for Katehi resignation; Katehi’s Walk of Shame (and more)