The Pepper Spraying Cop Makes Marina Abramović Cry

Friday, UC Davis Chancellor Linda P.B. Katehi had ordered the police to chase out student protestors from the campus quad. So, have you seen the footage of Lieutenant John Pike casually spraying a row of peacefully seated protestors in their faces, as if he was watering his plants? Have you seen him pepper spraying his way through art history?

The protestors were rallying against tuition increases and police brutality on UC campuses with solidarity with the Occupy Wall Street movement when excessive force was used (full video here.) Since then, the officer has been put on paid administrative leave. Let this new Art History meme put the event in perspective, if the following video doesn’t do the trick:

Here’s what happened, according to this petition for Chancellor Katehi’s resignation, 56,108 out of 75,000 signatures in and growing (She’s since been confronted):

“During peacefully Occupy Movement, police came in to tear down tents and proceeded to arrest students who stood in their way. Once students peacefully demanded the release of the arrested, a police officer unnecessarily pepper sprays the students to open a path for the rest of the officers… Without any provocation whatsoever, other than the bodies of these students sitting where they were on the ground, with their arms linked, police pepper-sprayed students. Students remained on the ground, now writhing in pain, with their arms linked…. Police used batons to try to push the students apart. Those they could separate, they arrested, kneeling on their bodies and pushing their heads into the ground. Those they could not separate, they pepper-sprayed directly in the face, holding these students as they did so. When students covered their eyes with their clothing, police forced open their mouths and pepper-sprayed down their throats. Several of these students were hospitalized. Others are seriously injured. One of them, forty-five minutes after being pepper-sprayed down his throat, was still coughing up blood.”