Finally, some video has been produced showing what happened leading up to and following the UC Davis pepper spray incident. The police verbally warn the leader of the UC Davis “arm chain” gang that they’d be pepper sprayed if they didn’t disperse. The student confirms it, agrees to it, and everyone is given lots of time to prepare, close their eyes, duck their heads. You can even see one of the students grinning happily in anticipation of becoming an OWS martyr/YouTube star.
I guess the police could have tried to pick them up, and wrestle them apart to remove the blockade, but if I were one of the cops, the pepper spray would probably look like a safer idea for all concerned. The best part of the video, in my opinion, is the continuing shrieks from one women about not harming children. Oh, the children! The poor six foot tall children! (Side note: at what point do “children” in America grow up these days?)
Anyway, the pepper spray works, and the police are able to pull the chain of seated students apart. Then things go sideways. The crowd becomes more aggressive and the police are forced to leave.
Full disclosure: I once got caught in a mob of rioting Afghans wielding farm implements so I’m inherently anti-angry mob. This may be why I find the video below disturbing, and not because of what the police did.