Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Arrest Pike!



Courts, police say pepper spray 'defensive' only

In this Friday, Nov. 18, 2011, photo University of California, Davis Police Lt. John Pike uses pepper spray to move Occupy UC Davis protesters while blocking their exit from the school's quad Friday in Davis, Calif. Two University of California, Davis police officers involved in pepper spraying seated protesters were placed on administrative leave Sunday, Nov. 20, 2011, as the chancellor of the school accelerates the investigation into the incident.
The law frowns on police use of pepper spray against nonviolent demonstrators.
More than a decade before last week's videotaped incident at UC Davis, a federal appeals court ruled in the case of North Coast logging protesters that officers can legally use the caustic chemical only to prevent harm to themselves or someone else.
The California Commission on Peace Officer Standards and Training, which advises police agencies and officers statewide, says pepper spray "can have very serious and debilitating consequences," and "should only be generally used as a defensive weapon" and never to intimidate or retaliate.


Read more: http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2011/11/22/BAH11M2VU0.DTL#ixzz1eXmZUqke

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