I am quick to point out when the #Occupy people do something wrong or stupid. So let me be clear on the other side.
The actions of the campus police at UC Davis in this video are WRONG.
What they did was inexcusable. The baloney about commissions and investigations offered by Chancellor Katehi is complete nonsense.
The police and police-like entities have pepper spray for their defense. This was not how it was used in this instance.
The Chancellor should be removed, nevermind all this malarkey of asking for her resignation. The head of campus police and those officers who used the pepper spray should also be gone immediately.
Peaceful protest is indeed to be protected and this was clearly that. It doesn't matter what happened before the clip began, in the moment, the campus police are in no danger. Any talk of what happened before the clip begins, or happened earlier in the day or the day before doesn't matter. What matters is the fact that in a moment that the protesters were sitting on the ground, arms linked, they were not in an offensive posture.
We have seen time and again, professional police departments....for example Boston....keep their cool under far more pressure. US Davis campus police clearly have a problem.