Including pretty much anybody wearing a helmet in this video from UC-Davis:
That’s just disgraceful, all the way around (with the possible exception of the chubby hatless cop in the first part of the video, who appears to be behaving in a more reasonable manner than his armored colleagues). I feel a tiny bit bad for the fact that the pepper-spray-wielding officer now has his name and contact information splashed all over the Internet, and the resulting world of shit that will crash down upon him. After all, as Alexis Madrgial notes, he’s the product of a terrible system. But then again, terrible systems survive only because of the people who carry out their orders, and if this is a step toward breaking that down, then that’s what has to happen.
On a more positive note, this video is kind of awesome: Linda Katehi, the university chancellor who ordered in the cops, walking out to her car surrounded by a silent student vigil (more details here):
That doesn’t look like the face of someone who will have her job for very much longer before resigning to spend time with her family. As she should. Because as disgraceful as the police behavior was, it all started with the order sending them in. And the person who gave that order doesn’t deserve to be running a university, any more than those skittish riot cops deserve their badges.