In the latest of a vast number of clashes with police members of the Occupy Movement at The University of California Davis campus were pepper sprayed by police on Saturday the Washington Post reports. As the Occupy Movement continues to gain strength and expand across the country including in our own downtown Youngstown we are forced to ask are we going to see this more and more. As the movement grows the police are going to have to be able to maintain control and still allow the movement to go on. If they cannot we are doomed to replays of Kent State Shootings and Chicago Democrat Convention Riots again which no one wants to see. The Occupy Youngstown Movement the Business Journal reports for example was ordered to remove a tent from the Downtown area the 11th of November by Chief of Police Foley to keep city sidewalks freed of obstructions. Had police not used restraint and allowed the members of the Occupy Movement to move on peacefully there could have been another in the litany of police use of force questions. In the case of the UC Davis protesters the use of the pepper spray is being investigated but it may well be too late as the court of public opinion has already decided the case at this point and here’s a hint the police are not going to like the result. In this case it is hard not to remember the infamous ‘don’t tase me bro’ incident from several years back and fear we are in trouble if police cannot figure out how to control the situation without needing to use this force. In the case of Andrew Meyer, the guy that made phrase ‘don’t tase me bro’ a household occurrence he was cleared of all criminal charges. It is not hard to figure out who was wrong there in that case and it is likely the Davis incident will lead to few if any charges for the bad press it has and is going to keep causing. With less lethal force able to be used it is none the less possible a death could occur and things could get very ugly very fast. It is hard to think that police after the Rodney King incident still have not gotten the point that all their actions need to be carefully considered but they haven’t and this is going to keep happening.