In a video posted at the Right Scoop, UC Davis protester Elli Pearson admitted the group provoked police by surrounding them and preventing them from leaving.
“Well we were protesting together and the riot cops came at us and we linked arms and sat down peacefully to protest their presence on our campus. And then at one point they were – we had encircled them and they were trying to leave and they were trying to clear a path,” she said.
Had the protesters simply let the police go, chances are they would not have been pepper-sprayed.
“And so we sat down, linked arms and said that if they wanted to clear the path they would have to go through us,” she said, admitting they provoked the police.
“But we were on the ground, you know, heads down and all I could see was people telling me to cover my head, protect myself and put my head down. And the next thing I know we were pepper-sprayed,” she added.
Newsbusters Noel Sheppard adds:
That warrants repeating: “We had encircled them, and they were trying to leave, and they were trying to clear a path. And so, we sat down, linked arms, and said that if they wanted to clear the path, they would have to go through us.”
This presents quite a different picture from what most media outlets have been depicting concerning this matter.
As NewsBusters publisher Brent Bozell wrote Tuesday, “The Occupying Rabble needed a boost, and got it with the story of campus police pepper-spraying protesters at the University of California-Davis. It was a remarkable jump-start for every left-wing journalist looking to regain his mojo for championing the protesters against ‘The Man.’”
Indeed, but not necessarily armed with the facts.
Another video showed the protesters actually gave consent to being pepper-sprayed, but the Democrat-media complex refuses to air that piece of video.
Instead, the complex is doing everything it can to use the incident as propaganda to prop up the Communist Party-backed Occupy protests.
Michael Moore has compared the incident to Tiananmen Square, and MSNBC’s Ed Schultz compared it to the Rodney King beating.
But Rodney King did not consent to be beat, nor were the UC Davis protesters ever in danger of being killed by military tanks.
The entire incident could have been avoided if the students had simply followed the orders given by the police. Instead, they chose to provoke the police, and suffered the consequences.
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