Vader182 wrote:Actually, universities are private property. Technically, they could have harmed them significantly more if they tried pushing or dragging them out of the way, and that has graver legal ramifications than pepper spraying someone. They broke the law, then egged on police officers trying to trap them, what did they think would happen after being asked repeatedly to leave and obstructing them?
Look at photos of this thing at UC Davis, it looks like we're in a fucking police state. The cops were in zero danger and the students posed no threat. Just because the police warned the students they would spray them doesn't justify it. I can warn you that I'll shoot you in the face with gun, you can disobey, and I'll shoot, but that does not make it okay. Though I agree that the police are not the only ones at fault here (the students did disobey to some degree, that's the point of resisting/protesting) you make it sound as if we should lay more blame on the students or both sides are equally wrong. What I find hilarious is that the cops were very comfortable stepping over the students to pepper spray them point blank in the face, but oh, they were "blocked and had no other option".
This whole thing is bullshit.
EDIT: In the long run, for this whole movement, I would go as far to say that with the current state of our economy and government, it was inevitable that it would come to this. Either mass protests or the careful removal of people in power through the democratic process. Corruption and such has shown that the latter is virtually impossible considering who is in power in the US and considering the current state
of the democratic process. It's a shame, but it's almost obvious that it would come a massive movement like the Occupy protests. In fact, it's about fucking time.