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PICTURES: See Exactly What Happened At The Pivotal UC Davis Confrontation
Friday afternoon at University of California, Davis, police pepper sprayed non-violent sitting protesters.
As videos of the event go viral, people are asking whether this will be a Kent State moment that catalyzes protest movements across the country. What matters first, however, is determining exactly what happened and whether the police were justified. In their defense, the police warned the protesters that they would be pepper sprayed if they did not disperse.
UC Davis Chancellor Linda P.B. Katehi has not condemned the police tactics, though she said the incident would be reviewed.
But the students saw it different. After the pepper spray incident hundreds of students started jeering at the police and taking pictures, and within minutes forced the police to retreat.
We’ve posted chronological pictures of the event.
Occupy Davis protesters encircled the tents that the school had asked them to remove on Friday afternoon
Some students agree to remove their tents
Others sit on the ground by the tents and refuse to leave. Police warn the protesters that if they don’t move they will be pepper sprayed
Lieutenant John Pike holds a can of pepper spray in the air and announces that he will spray the students
Lieutenant John Pike walks up and down the line spraying students in the face
As it begins there are shrieks of disbelief from the crowd. People shout “No!” and then there is a loud, sustained booing.
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A student crawls away from the protest line
Another student stumbles away
Police rush in to break apart the line, dragging students away to arrest them
People chant “Let them go!” and “Shame on you!” “You guys are supposed to be protecting us!” one guy shouts.
A smiling policeman seems to be saying the situation is under control. In the back you can see students being put into handcuffs
A student is dragged away
The crowd is shouting “Shame on you!” louder than ever
Suddenly the police, who are armed with paintball guns and pepper spray, seem to become aware of the cameras around them and the significance of what just happened. They pull back into a circle
They begin to step away from the crowd
The police retreat in a tight formation from a wall of students holding cameras
One student leads a chant: “We are willing… to give you a brief… moment of peace. Please take your weapons… and go… do not return. We’re giving you… a moment of peace. You can go… we will not follow you…” And then the crowd takes up a chant of “You can go!”
Finally the police disperse
Cheers go up from the crowd and a chant of “Whose quad? Our quad!” A student with a bullhorn calls on everyone to join a strike at noon on Monday.
UC Davis firefighters help to treat students who have been pepper sprayed