Police Pepper Spray Students at UC-Davis Protest

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Footage of police in riot gear pepper spraying students at point blank range has surfaced and caused outrage at the University of California-Davis and beyond.

University of California Davis Chancellor Linda Katehi, who has been called upon to resign, said in a statement that she was forming a task force to investigate.

She called police action and video images, which circulated Saturday, "chilling." Police say it was "fairly standard police procedure." You watch and decide ...

In the video, an officer dispassionately pepper-sprays a line of several sitting protesters who flinch and cover their faces but remain passive, arms interlocked.

As the images and clips spread on YouTube, Facebook and Twitter over the weekend, the university's faculty decried the school's "gross failure of leadership."

At a news conference, Katehi said what the video shows is "sad and really inappropriate" but defended her leadership and said she had no plans to resign.

"I do not think that I have violated the policies of the institution," she said. "I've worked personally very hard to make this campus a safe campus for all."

The protest was reportedly held in support of the overall Occupy Wall Street / Occupy Oakland movement and in solidarity with protesters at UC-Berkeley.

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Stupid little shits got what they deserved.

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Appropriate. They were asked to leave. What else is there to argue about? The majority of these protesters are just lazy hippies. I wake up at 5am to go to work, and I pass by them and they're smoking pot at this hour. Filthy, lazy, hippies is all they are.

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Want to know what I think? The protesters should grab those cops, zap them with their own tasers, crack them upside the head with their batons, and turn those mace canisters on them full force in the face. Maybe those sick psychopaths who think that a badge confers carte blanche to behave like Gestapo thugs will think twice next time.

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Now wait a minute. These people were peacefully exercising their right to freedom of expression and speech by nonviolent means and our police grossly over-react and hose them down with pepper spray before dragging them off like road kill on the highway to hell. Have we forgotten this country was founded by people who were fleeing from persecution and oppression in their native lands? If we have indeed come full circle, then the real enemy is those of us who by our silence condone these brutal, thugish, and dehumanizing actions by our own police perpetuated on the very citizens they have sworn to serve and protect! Even if you disagree with the protesters message, there is no way any rational person can say these people deserve the treatment they received!!!

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THEY WOULDN'T MOVE, THEY DISOBEYED ORDERS FROM THE POLICE. THEY GOT WHAT THEY DESERVED. IN SOME OTHER COUNTRIES, THEY WOULD HAVE GOTTEN MUCH WORSE.

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Since California has so much money...are you asking to be sued?? Cool it!