UC Davis Chancellor apologizes but will not resign

If you missed the chilling video of police pepper spraying peaceful protesters at UC Davis last week, you can catch it in the clip above. UC Davis Chancellor Katehi has apologized for the actions of the police and wants a full investigation of what happened. Despite calls for her resignation, Katehi will not resign, but says she is committed to making sure this doesn’t happen again. She also put the police chief on leave. In the above interview, it is clear her apology is tinged with a clear frustration at the avenues protesters are taking on campus–peaceful, non-violent, public demonstrations.

I don’t really think it matters what her opinion is on the avenues protesters are taking in expressing their (completely rightful) rage at the state of the California university system–which has been subject to drastic cutbacks in the last few years. What is captured on the video above is an appalling misuse of power and completely unjustified.

I have said this before, and I’ll say it again. I don’t give a shit what your political affiliation is or what your beef might be with the global #OWS protests–if we claim to be a democracy, we have to protect the rights of everyone to assemble in public peaceful without being brutalized by the police. This message is not really coming through loud and clear as incident after incident of police brutality comes out.

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One Comment

  1. Posted November 23, 2011 at 5:09 am | Permalink

    I first heard about this on the radio and the police had told them many times to move. All they had to do was move. I’ve watched police videos from all over the world and getting pepper sprayed is being let off easy. In Tijuana, Mexico (just south of where I live) there was a protest a few weeks ago and the police beat up the students and stole their personal belongings. I imagine most people have seen far more brutal stuff than this. I may be in the minority here but I don’t hate police. I’m sure they have kept a closer eye on me for being latino in the past but as long as you do what they say they don’t fuck with you.

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