The deployment of pepper spray against what the police would call “non compliant persons” is now, disturbingly, an everyday occurrence to which many of us have become desensitized. Very few of us have ever experienced being pepper sprayed and the mainstream media assures us that those who have, deserved it.
The introduction of pepper spray as standard issue police kit in has changed the dynamic between police and protestor to a point where officers spray first and ask questions later. Nothing could underline this more than recent events.
On 19th November 2011 Police Lieutenant John Pike, who was instructed not to use force when clearing protesters from the campus of UC Davis in California, casually walked along a line of students spraying them in the face at point-blank range because they sat down and refused to move. Continue reading