“Without any provocation whatsoever, other than the bodies of these students sitting where they were on the ground, with their arms linked, police pepper-sprayed students.Students remained on the ground, now writhing in pain, with their arms linked.What happened next?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.”
As part of the Occupy movement, 50 students at UC Davis occupied their quad. Riot police were called in by the school to remove TENTS, all of which were removed PRIOR to the video which was taken, wherein the police leaned down and pepper sprayed several students who posed no threat, were not armed, were breaking no laws, but were merely sitting in the quad.
Police have claimed that-
“They had to pepper spray the students because the police were trapped and merely trying to escape.”
“The students seated posed a threat to the police.”
“The police only pepper sprayed the students in an effort to remove the tents, as they were called in to do.”
After seeing the video, it is obvious that these are all blatant falsehoods. If you would like to call for the resignation of UC Davis chancellor, Linda P.B. Katehi (who not only called in the police in the first place, which was totally unnecessary, but then blamed the STUDENTS in a public statement after the incident), see the following links-
Open letter calling for the chancellor to resign (this is a beautiful letter).