If you look at the video, the campus police are surrounded by protesting students. The students were also asked to leave and they refused. They were violating campus policy by setting up the camps, which the head of the campus initially ignored. When the police were told to remove them, the students would not leave. So they got pepper sprayed.
Now comes along this video where one of the protesters basically said they provoked the pepper spray. It was their intended purpose all along.
One of the students sprayed, an Ellie Pierson (sp?) said the following:
“Well, we were protesting together and the riot cops came at us and we linked arms and sat down peacefully to protest their presence on our campus. At one point we had encircled them and they’re trying to leave and they’re trying to clear a path and so we sat down and linked our arms and said if they wanted to clear the path they would have to go through us.”
Once the video of the pepper spraying went viral, the left went absolutely nuts. Even the UC Davis Chancellor Linda Katehi, backed off her support of the police, whom she initially sent in and supported. The two officers have been put on administrative leave and the head of the cops has also quit. And there are calls for the chancellor to resign.
I might be in the minority here, but I do not feel any sympathy for the protesters. They were told to leave and they refused. They even challenged the authority of the police by blocking their attempts to leave. The police used non-lethal methods, and certainly, lethal methods were not called for here.