A professor at UC Davis and students demand the resignation of the chancellor and police officers who sprayed are now placed on leave. But media images focused on video of elderly woman, an 84-year old pepper sprayed in Seattle.
The video image was shown on TV in connection with the UC Davis so that TV viewers couldn’t clearly tell whether the elderly woman was sprayed in Seattle or in Davis, CA. See, Elderly Woman Pepper Sprayed By Seattle Police at Occupy Movement. Also see, UC Davis pepper-spraying raises questions about role of police.
In the video now viral on numerous websites, shows a very controversial image, showing an elderly woman hit with pepper spray near an Occupy protest in Seattle. You see another face of an elderly woman with something dripping from her face in the video, suddenly the scene cuts to the young students at UC Davis being pepper-sprayed by police.
How nonlethal is pepper spray if it can damage the eyes, especially of older people? What form of crowd control would you suggest the police use when officers are cut off from backup help?
The students were many, but peaceful and were not trying to beat down the police. The UC-Davis video asks what does the university, the police, and the students say about nonviolent protest, and what is the role of police in a democratic society?
Pepper spray, which in many countries is often illegal for civilians to possess, can cause tissue damage, respiratory attacks and, in rare cases, death. Police didn’t use tasers, since some people die when tased because their body’s electrical systems may go awry.
But pepper spray can blind, suffocate, or otherwise cause severe injury and death. And there is increasing concern than it is being used by law enforcement without discretion or proper understanding of its dangers. The UC-Davis video will only amplify those concerns.
Why does the spraying resemble a garden commercial for pesticide or weed killers you might see on TV? And what link does the video have to today’s students shouting for the resignation of a university leader? What happened to the pepper-spraying police? They were placed on leave.
See, Officers in pepper spray incident placed on leave – Nation Wires. The next day students at UC Davis demanded the resignation of the university’s chancellor. See, U.C. Davis Students Demand Chancellor’s Resignation – Video, and UC Davis Professor Demands Chancellor Resign Over Pepper Spraying.