Saturday, November 19, 2011

Whatever happened to the First Amendment?

From UCDavis.

I am not OK with police in riot gear spraying students with pepper spray like they are bugs. These students are on a sidewalk with lots of green space around them, so although they are blocking the sidewalk they are not keeping anyone from getting anywhere.

I'm still trying to understand where and how the First Amendment was repealed. "Congress shall make no law...abridging the freedom of speech, or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances."

If these students were violent, if they were harming others, if they were trying to hurt the cops, then I could understand the police using non-lethal means to subdue them. But to just casually walk up and spray them directly in the face is unconscionable.

Here's the entire video. It's hard to watch.

There are calls for the UCD Chancellor to resign. She apparently authorized "Use of Force" against peacefully demonstrating protesters.

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