Video: Watch Hundreds of UC Davis Students Give Their Chancellor the Silent Treatment
UC Davis students participating in an offshoot of the Occupy Wall Street on campus were pepper-sprayed at point-blank range by police officers after refusing to leave their encampment on Friday. On Saturday, hundreds of students gave their chancellor Linda P.B. Katehi the silent treatment for the past day's events.
Not long after Katehi gave a news conference, she holed up in a building for a few hours. Outraged students and faculty who are calling upon Katehi to step down for approving police action, regrouped outside. They stood silently outside of the building and watched Katehi walk to her SUV — the effect is an eerie counterpoint to Friday's events. Katehi said only that she would address the students on Monday.
Katehi said she has launched an independent probe into the the pepper-spraying that went viral. The faculty association is asking for her to step down, according to the Los Angeles Times.
Boing Boing has a Q&Awith one of the students who Lt. John Pike pepper-sprayed, a 22-year-old UC Davis student who is identified as "W.":
We were never warned that we were going to be pepper-sprayed.
Lt. Pike walked up to my friend, and I am told that he said, "Move or we're going to shoot you."
Then he went back and talked to a few of his police officer friends. A couple of other officers started to remove people who were sitting there, blocking exit. Pike could have easily removed us, just picked us up and removed us. We were just sitting there, nonviolent civil disobedience.
But Pike turned around and I am told that he said to the other officers, "Don't worry about it, I'm going to spray these kids down."
He lifts the can, spins it around in a circle to show it off to everybody.
Then he sprays us three times.
As if one time of being sprayed at point blank wasn't enough.
I was on the end of the line getting direct spray. When the second pass came, I got up crawling. I crawled away and vomited on a tree. I was yelling. It burned. Within a few minutes I was dry heaving, I couldn't breathe. Then, over the course of the next hour, I was dry heaving and vomiting.
More people were arrested, then. One other person told me he was pepper sprayed while he was on the ground subdued. They tried to go up his shirt, because he'd pulled his shirt over his face to protect himself. So they aimed it up his shirt to spray him, to make sure he got it.
And in case you somehow missed the original video: