So When Do Obama and Attorney General Holder Do Something About the UC Davis Brutality?

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Probably never, since the Obama administration has a long standing de facto policy of shitting on the people it will need for re-election. I do not understand the silence in the face of this (boldface mine):

When you ordered police outfitted with riot helmets, brandishing batons and teargas guns to remove their tents today, those students sat down on the ground in a circle and linked arms to protect them.

What happened next?

Without any provocation whatsoever, other than the bodies of these students sitting where they were on the ground, with their arms linked, police pepper-sprayed students. Students remained on the ground, now writhing in pain, with their arms linked.

What happened next?

Police used batons to try to push the students apart. Those they could separate, they arrested, kneeling on their bodies and pushing their heads into the ground. Those they could not separate, they pepper-sprayed directly in the face, holding these students as they did so. When students covered their eyes with their clothing, police forced open their mouths and pepper-sprayed down their throats. Several of these students were hospitalized. Others are seriously injured. One of them, forty-five minutes after being pepper-sprayed down his throat, was still coughing up blood.

These are the students the Democrats are counting on to help them win the next election. If Democratic officials remain silent, just how much enthusiasm do they think there will be? If asked to go door to door to canvass, why wouldn’t they respond, “I would love to, but I have more important things to fight for right now”?

Leaving the politics aside, there is something far more troubling: if the systemic pattern of police overreaction and abuse is not halted, these protests will cease to be non-violent.

I’ll have more to say about that tomorrow (hopefully).

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2 Responses to So When Do Obama and Attorney General Holder Do Something About the UC Davis Brutality?

  1. physicalist says:

    As a UC alum, the next time I’m contacted for a donation, I’m going to tell them that they can find my response by searching for “UC riot police” in youtube.

  2. Pingback: Will Occupy Wall Street Remain Non-Violent? | Mike the Mad Biologist

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