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Saturday, November 26, 2011

LA Woman Could Be Charged with 'Battery" for Pepper Spray - How About UC-Davis Cops?

I just heard that the woman who pepper sprayed shoppers in Los Angeles to get an edge on bargains could be charged with "battery".  Seems right.

And what about the UC-Davis police who pepper sprayed non-violent students week before last?

No such justice.

At least, not so far.   The two cops who pepper sprayed the students, and the head of their UC-Davis police unit, have suspended with pay, pending investigation.

Are students in California worth less as human beings than shoppers, or are cops out there somewhere above the law?

If anything, the cops should be charged with a crime worse than what was brought  against the pepper sprayer of shoppers.  Police are (a) paid by taxpayers to (b) protect not attack law-abiding citizens.

If anyone should be suspended - without, not with,  pay - it should be the officers who stood around, watched the two pepper-spraying cops, and did nothing.

I'd like to think that most police in America wouldn't stand by when their colleagues were breaking the law, and certainly wouldn't break the law by assaulting peaceful protesters themselves.   We do every good police officer a disservice by going easy on the rotten apples in uniform.

Governor Jerry Brown of California, is there any reason you're not saying this?   How about you, President Obama?

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