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    “Does anyone have water?”

    “Does anyone have water?”

    I have not been particularly sympathetic to the activities of Occupy protests around the country, as the message often is one of self-wallowing pity, misplaced blame, and in some cases, vile rhetoric.  The conduct often has been violent.

    There is a video circulating of police at the University of California – Davis using pepper spray on non-violent students seated on what looks like a campus road.

    I find the image of the policeman cavalierly shooting a voluminous spray into the faces of seated students upsetting, and condemnable.

    A few minutes into the clip (@2:55) a girl keeps asking, “Does anyone have water?”  For some reason that statement moved me quite a bit.

    There’s nothing particular in the words that should have caused me such emotion, except perhaps that it brought forward from my subconscious memories of another statement repeated over and over again in another video shot in a hotel in California in 1968.

    While the two events hardly were equal in magnitude or purpose, when I heard that girl asking whether anyone had water, I couldn’t help wondering whether there were any doctors in the house.


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    Anyone remember the arrest of John Ziegler for standing outside the USC Annenberg School excellence in journalism awards ceremony?

    @ forksdad was right. I should have used “forerunner” instead of “derivative”.

      forksdad in reply to 49erDweet. | November 22, 2011 at 12:04 pm

      Thanks! We had plenty of trouble convincing people they weren’t getting ‘maced’ twenty some years ago! I’ve seen macho types put pepper spray on popcorn and ice cream to prove its harmlessness (and their own masochism I presume). Mace used to get sprayed onto a person’s clothing to avoid getting it into their eyes and such.

      I have seen lots of misinformation on here about what the UOF guidelines are and are for such as, ‘pepper spray is a response to a deadly attack’ type of comment. That was not the only clear misunderstanding and misstatement but it did stick in my mind. You would think the professor would have studied the subject slightly before posting so as to inform people about the use of force. Officers have to understand what is ‘reasonable’ about the use of force in any given situation, perhaps the Prof could help inform his readers if not the general public.

    Kerrvillian | November 23, 2011 at 7:24 am

    I don’t recall Sirhan Sirhan going up to Bobby Kennedy and asking him if he minded being shot, giving him a chance to get up and walk away.

    With the full context of the story, showing the warnings, direct and to the individuals about to be sprayed, do you now feel the same about the event?

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