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November 19, 2011, 9:44 pm

Bad.

On Friday, 11/18/11, police at UC Davis doused nonviolent protesters with pepper spray.

The police officer with the pepper spray, identified as Lt. John Pike of the UC Davis Campus Police, looks utterly nonchalant, for all the world as if he were hosing aphids off a rose bush.  The scene bespeaks a lack of basic human empathy, an utter intolerance for dissent, or perhaps both.  Pike’s actions met with approval from the chief of campus police, Annette Spicuzza, “who observed the chaotic events on the Quad, [and] said immediately afterward that she was ‘very proud’ of her officers.” Clearly in Chief Spicuzza’s mind there was nothing exceptional about the use of pepper spray against nonviolent protesters.

Campus and community response has held otherwise. Chancellor Linda Katehi (the Chancellor is the top…

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