Originally Posted by uncle ebeneezer
Ahh, so peaceful, civil disobedience merits police brutality. Got it.
Yes, under certain circumstances. Peacefulness is not
equivalent to lawfulness.
Whether or not the brutality of pepper spray is appropriate in this situation is determined by the University. Now we watch the university administrators squirm and suggest obliquely that perhaps the police were acting inappropriately. Since initial reports are that the police were responding to orders and following procedures to which they had been trained, I can only assume that this is a cowardly reaction on the part of the administrators.
I don't have enough information to say the spray was appropriate to the situation. But it is possible. At some point the rights of many people are trampled by the occupation of a few.