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Police pepper spraying and arresting students at UC Davis

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Polish calls for violent Cops Off Campus Published unedited, this open letter about Polish police attacking LGBT protesters rights to protest. Its assertions draws massive parallels with the growing British student movement and their calls for CopsOffCampus and to make education free and critical, to allow the right to protest and challenge how academia is being used to replicate the status-quo – backed up by police weapons and violence. This open letter focuses on one particular instance of police presence on campus [police violence and unexplained use of weapons such as electric stun guns] and more generally, regards the necessity to defend the right to protest here in Poland. Further, it relates to wider issues concerning equality / LGTB rights and the strong influence of the catholic church on various institutions, including secular institutions of higher education here in Poland. Here is a short summary of events in English:

84-Year-Old Dorli Rainey, Pepper-Sprayed at Occupy Seattle, Denounces "Worsening" Police Crackdowns This is a rush transcript. Copy may not be in its final form. JUAN GONZALEZ: Police departments across the country are coming under criticism for using excessive force against Occupy Wall Street protesters over the past two months. In Seattle, Mayor Mike McGinn apologized Wednesday hours after an 84-year-old retired Seattle school teacher named Dorli Rainey was pepper-sprayed in the face during a protest. Police are cracking down on students – but what threat to law and order is an over-articulate history graduate? Why are some of the most powerful people in Britain so terrified of a bunch of students? If that sounds a ridiculous question, consider a few recent news stories. As reported in this paper last week, Cambridge police are looking for spies to inform on undergraduate protests against spending cuts and other "student-union type stuff". Meanwhile, in London last Thursday, a student union leader, Michael Chessum, was arrested after a small and routine demo. Officers hauled him off to Holborn police station for not informing them of the precise route of the protest – even though it was on campus. The 24-year-old has since been freed – on the strict condition that he doesn't "engage in protest on any University Campus and not within half a mile boundary of any university".

UC Davis Police Chief Suspended - Ta-Nehisi Coates - National Wow: The chancellor of the University of California, Davis, said Monday that its police chief had been placed on administrative leave, three days after two campus police officers sprayed seated protesters with pepper spray during a demonstration aligned with Occupy Wall Street.The university's chancellor, Linda P.B. Katehi, indicated that she was trying to calm the campus community amid widespread outrage at the police tactics. Referring to the temporary removal of the police chief, Annette Spicuzza, Ms. Katehi said in a statement Monday, "It has become clear to me that this is a necessary step toward restoring trust on our campus." She named Matt Carmichael as interim police chief.

Water cannons took away Dietrich's sight, let's give him a voice - Projects Thanks so much to everyone has help us reach the target so quickly. We were amazed to see so many people care about helping Dietrich and are delighted to be able to fund his trip. We now have enough money to pay for Dietrich's travel and accommodation but any additional money given will be put towards the campaign against water cannons. Why Do Police Officers Use Pepper Spray? When pepper spray became a mainstream law enforcement tool in the 1990s, it was hailed as a relatively peaceful alternative to harsh physical violence. But as demonstrated by the routine spraying of Occupy Wall Street activists, culminating in the horrific assault at the University of California, Davis, pepper spray can too easily become a tool of first and excessive resort. “I can’t get into the head of people using it in New York and Davis and around the country, but it seems that rather than turning to other tactics, they turn to the simple tool,” said Geoffrey Alpert, a professor of criminology at the University of South Carolina. “There’s an overreliance on technology.”

Education under attack 3 maart 2014 - Attacks on students and teachers are a daily reality in over thirty countries. It doesn't only result in death and destruction, but also in hundreds of thousands of students missing out on education that could lift them out of poverty into a more secure and better life. “The school bus, a converted truck, had travelled only a few hundred yards from Khushal School in Mingora, north-west Pakistan, when a masked man stepped in front of the vehicle.

Can the police return to campus? "Police forces cannot be present permanently on campus. The ministry knows it will involve itself in a direct and daily confrontation with the student movement, which is not desirable for the ministry itself." Over eight university students have been killed and hundreds detained since the start of the academic year in September, following fierce clashes between police and students mostly belonging to the ousted Muslim Brotherhood group.

Interview with a pepper-sprayed UC Davis student Photo:Brian Nguyen/The Aggie. 22-year-old UC Davis student W. (name withheld by request) was one of the students pepper-sprayed at point-blank range Friday by Lt. John Pike while seated on the ground, arms linked and silent. W. tells Boing Boing that Pike sprayed them at close range with military-grade pepper spray, in a punitive manner.

Occupy Art: Pepper Spraying Cop Meme It's exciting to view the birth of a meme in the wild. Botticelli + Suzette Smith"Hey, I'm Photoshopping Pepper Spraying Cop onto The Birth of Venus, do I leave in his pepper spray can?" Over the weekend, cool-dude Lieutenant John Pike casually walked past a line of peaceful UC Davis protesters and pepper-sprayed them, one by one, in the face. The internet in response has used her strange vigilante powers to birth a beautiful, thoughtful meme for us all to play with. Sensual, yet casually destructive, Pepper Spraying Cop transcends the actions of Lieutenant John Pike and strides forward, becoming a tool of the free speech that Lieutenant John Pike sought to stifle. I made mine!

Pepper spray cop uses excessive force on meme world - National Geek Culture In the latest example of meme theory in action, an image of a cop pepper-spraying an Occupy Wall Street protester at UC Davis has taken the internet community by storm. And what does an angry computer savant do when faced with something this patently ridiculous? Spoof it in Photoshop, of course. The officer in question, Lt. John Pike of the UC Davis Police, has been overlayed onto countless famous works of art, as well as scenes from movies, TV shows and other random images (poor Keyboard Cat never saw it coming). Many internet news sites picked up on the snowballing trend, including, The Village Voice, and Huffington Post.

'Pepper Spraying Cop' has gone viral in some dubiously outstanding ways Lt. John Pike has become an overnight world sensation, and probably not in a way he appreciates, after events which unfolded during an Occupy sit-in at the University of California campus on Friday night. An anonymous video taken that afternoon shows the bad lieutenant casually and sweepingly pepper-spraying protesters who are peacefully sitting on the ground. And we are not talking about one of those personal-use, civilian-type pepper spray canisters, either. This one packed a wallop. The tableau has gone viral. Pepper Spray Cop Becomes an Internet Meme Lt. Pike pepper-spraying the subject of Andrew Wyeth's painting "Christina's World." Video of a UC Davis campus cop, Lt. John Pike, in full riot gear confronting peaceful student demonstrators and then casually pepper-spraying them went viral on Friday.