Oakland Civil Rights Attorney Calls UC Davis Pepper Spray Incident ‘Brutal’

OAKLAND (KCBS)— While the UC Davis police pepper-spraying caught on video of peaceful Occupy protesters has sparked calls for a general strike Monday on campus, opinions still aren’t unanimous as to whether force should have been used.

The incident has spurred a national debate on just how potentially dangerous pepper spray can be.

KCBS’ Chris Filippi Reports:

In California anyone can buy pepper spray and it’s comprised of the same chemical that makes chili peppers hot, but the concentrations in the spray are higher.

Oakland civil-rights attorney John Burris said he was shocked by the incident at Davis.

“[It’s] the kind of thing that brings out the worst in visual images in police brutality and misconduct, Burris said adding that the officer accused actions were “woefully unnecessary.”

Meanwhile, many in the law enforcement community claim pepper spray can be an effective tool.

UC President Mark Yudof is reported to have launched an investigation into what happened.

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  • gg

    The FBI and DEA fabricate evidence, steal from suspects and use murder to close bad cases.

    After tens years and two wars the U.S. Military has become proficient in its use of torture. New techniques have been developed that are also being used by the Department of Justice (D.O.J.) employees to help fabricate evidence and punish dissent.

    Humiliation, drugging sleep deprivation, stress positions, threats of physical violent, very long term harassment, etc… are commonly used by the FBI and DEA to reduce suspects so it is easier to fabricate evidence.

    Corrupt DOJ, DOD, and CIA employees had taken bribes from Al Quida in exchange for information and logistics support in the four years leading up to 9/11.

    When one considers that the 9/11 terrorists could take jumbo jet flying lessons, move about the country unobstructed but no speak English, live for several weeks less than two miles from the NSA head quarters and be on state department watch lists this makes sense.

    • Mark D.

      What does this rambling nonsense have to do with the Occupidiots getting pepper sprayed???

    • biffula

      gg doesn’t have time. Between the Flea Party protests and the black helicopters flying around, he doesn’t have time.

  • dbarco

    John Burris loves this sort of stuff. He has a psychological need to go after cops. These cops should not have to risk their backs etc. when arresting so called non-violent demonstrators. Once they link arms and it would take force to unlink them, their resistance is no longer non-violent. Non violence is going limp and offering no resistance to being arrested. I am sure that they were warned prior to being sprayed, but because their parents never followed through on “threats” they thought the cops wouldn’t either. Was it the best solution? Maybe not, but I support the cops decision to quickly remedy the situation without serious injury to anyone. Rmember, they were warned and
    they were fools to stay and get sprayed. They have themselves to blame.
    If as a result of this incident the cops at UC DAVIS can no longer use mace, so be it. The public gets what the public wants!!! You couldn’t pay me enough to be a cop now a days!!! Dammed if you do/dammed if you don’t! Not even our politicians have that burden.

  • tn

    John Burris is looking for another opportunistic pay-day from the taxpayers, in the name of “police brutality and civil rights.” Yes, the spray may have been unnecessary however, Burris’ usual lawsuit demands are also “woefully unnecessary.” With all the money he takes, you’d think he’d get a new toupee replacement instead of the 1940’s football leather helmet do he’s currently wearing on TV.

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