Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Video of UC Davis campus police pepper spraying students. Sickening to watch.

UC Davis police pepper spraying students who are just sitting there. This is sickening. Hard to watch.


Tom Hickey said...

I guess it depends on how you look at it.

Fox News host Megyn Kelly calls pepper spray ‘a food product’

Some people are in very deep denial.

Anonymous said...

There are many videos of 'standard police procedure' that make this one seem mild by comparison. Even in Canada there have been cases of excessive force being used. What isn't picked up by the media can be seen on Youtube.

Tom Hickey said...

@ Laura

The good think about this video is that it has gone viral globally and now it will be very difficult to bury this kind of stuff, as has been done in the past. The US feds, states and municipalities have regularly used police brutality and even permitted torture for many years, but seldom does it come to light or get attention for very long. Maybe this time it will be different. This is one of the iconic graphics of history and it will have some effects yet to be determined.

reslez said...

They call it pepper spray to make it sound like natural and wholesome. Something ordinary people can understand and not worry about, sort of like how "collateral damage" really means "innocent people we killed by accident mostly".

Pepper spray is a cocktail of industrial chemicals. If a habanero pepper scores 350,000 units on the well known Scoville scale, police pepper spray rates at 5,000,000. This is not the stuff in your salt and pepper shaker. It is an industrial chemical known to cause death in susceptible people.

It's sort of like saying, "Water boarding? What's so scary about WATER?" Well, who are you going to believe, FOX or the Spanish inquisition? Guess which one says water boarding is torture? I know and believe Megyn Kelly will stand up for her beliefs and volunteer to have pepper spray poured down her throat like the cops did to the kids at UC Davis.