NYT: Pepper Spray’s Fallout, From C http://mobile.nytimes.com/2011/11/23/us/pepper-sprays-fallout-from-crowd-control-to-mocking-images.xml
To Kamran Loghman, who helped develop pepper spray into a weapons-grade material with the Federal Bureau of Investigation in the 1980s,the incident at Davis violated his original intent.
“I have never seen such an inappropriate and improper use of chemical agents,” Mr. Loghman said in an interview.
Mr. Loghman, who also helped develop guidelines for police departments using the spray, said that use-of-force manuals generally advise that pepper spray is appropriate only if a person is physically threatening a police officer or another person.
It’s really sad to see a lot of people adopting the “nothing to see here, move along” attitude toward this and other incidents. It has become common knowledge that the police can use violence in response to peace, and a great many people (all of which vote Republican), seem to think that’s just dandy.
Heck, we’ve had multiple Republican candidates for President say how we need to torture more people.
This violence, Btw, is predicted and will get worse, as more and more Americans realize that unless they were born wealthy (‘job creators’ in the newspeak), their options are to just shut up and accept being part of the underclass forever…or fight.
And now we know that peaceful protest will be met with violence, leaving one less option on the table for *how* to fight.