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The pepper-spraying cop meme rules

Mary Elizabeth Williams has a great defense up of the new internet meme that puts John Pike, that cop who was photographed calmly—chillingly—pepper spraying innocent, non-violent protesters at UC Davis while they sat rather helplessly on the ground hurting no one. Pike is now being photoshopped into an endless array…

Fox News host Megyn Kelly calls pepper spray ‘a food product’

In the mind of Fox News anchor Megyn Kelly, the pepper spray administered to University of California-Davis students last weekend really just a one-sided food fight. Kelly gave her causal assessment of the increasingly common police weapon on Tuesday’s broadcast of The O’Reilly Factor, seemingly defending the cops. “It’s a…

Pregnant Seattle protester miscarries after being kicked, pepper sprayed

A woman who was pepper sprayed during during a raid on Occupy Seattle last week is blaming police after she miscarried Sunday. Jennifer Fox, 19, told The Stranger that she had been with the Occupy protests since they started in Westlake Park. She said she was homeless and three months…

UC Davis suspends police chief over pepper spraying students

A California university police chief has been put on administrative leave after the “chilling” use of pepper spray on protesters, caught on video, its chancellor said Monday. The effective suspension of University of California, Davis police chief Annette Spicuzza came a day after it announced similar measures against two officers seen in the video. UC Davis Chancellor Linda…

‘Anonymous’ targets pepper-spraying policeman

The online “hacktivist” group Anonymous published the personal contact details on Monday of a California university policeman who used pepper spray on protesters, and it urged supporters to flood him with phone calls and emails. YouTube videos of Friday’s incident on the campus of theUniversity of California, Davis have gone viral and led to the suspension of the…

Post pepper spraying, UC Davis chancellor insists ‘the university needs me’

After ordering the eviction of students staging an “Occupy” protest at the University of California-Davis on Friday, only to watch police efforts turn into a ghastly, violent scene, UC Davis Chancellor Linda Katehi pledged Monday morning that she was not about to resign. Appearing on ABC News’s Good Morning America…

University chancellor in silent ‘walk of shame’ after pepper spraying

Chancellor Linda P.B. Katehi of the University of California-Davis has come under heavy criticism and calls for her resignation following her support of the use of pepper spray by campus police on unresisting demonstrators. On Saturday, students and supporters surrounded the building where she was holding a press conference, and…

UC Davis to probe use of pepper-spray on students

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – The University of California, Davis said on Saturday it would launch an investigation over video footage that appeared to show campus police using pepper spray against seated student protesters at close range. YouTube video footage of a policeman in riot gear using pepper spray on a…

Seattle police pepper spray 84-year-old woman as ‘Occupy’ crackdowns occur nationally

As much of the national press focused on protesters’ return to Zuccotti Park after their forcible eviction, crackdowns took place on “Occupy” protests nation-wide late Tuesday. During a crackdown on “Occupy Seattle,” an 84-year-old woman and a pregnant 19-year-old girl were among those attacked by police wielding pepper spray, according…

Watch: Police make violent arrests during ‘Occupy Wall St.’ eviction

New York City police once again acted aggressively towards Occupy Wall Street protesters, using pepper spray and tear gas as they made rough arrests early Tuesday morning at Zuccotti Park. Protesters locked arms in the park and chanted “Shame on you” as police yelled “Back the fuck up” in return.…

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