By Angus Johnston of StudentActivism.net
1. The protest at which UC Davis police officers used pepper
spray and batons against unresisting demonstrators was an entirely
2. The unauthorized tent encampment was dismantled before the pepper spraying began.
3. Students did not restrict the movement of police at any time during the demonstration.
4. Lt. Pike was not in fear for his safety when he sprayed the students.
5. University of California Police are not authorized to use
pepper spray except in circumstances in which it is necessary to prevent
physical injury to themselves or others.
6. UC police are not authorized to use physical force except to control violent offenders or keep suspects from escaping.
7. The UC Davis Police made no effort to remove the student
demonstrators from the walkway peacefully before using pepper spray
8. Use of pepper spray and other physical force continued after
the students’ minimal obstruction of the area around the police ended.
9. Even after police began using unprovoked and unlawful violence against the students, they remained peaceful.
10. The students’ commitment to nonviolence extended to their use of language.
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