The Occupy movement continues more than two months in, and accounts of police brutality and abuse of power continue to surface as a result. The latest incident of which comes from the University of California, Davis, where a campus security officer is caught on tape ruthlessly spraying peaceful protesters who are sitting in a circle, arms interlocked.
The footage shows one officer casually walking in front of the circle of students with his pepper spray canister going at full blast, at point blank range no less. Obviously, videos of the incident popped up on Youtube and outrage from parents and students alike soon followed.
Chancellor Linda Katehi The campus police chief has been put on administrative leave, and many have called for the resignation of UC Davis chancellor Linda Katehi. Katehi has been in damage control mode and formerly apologized to the student body, admitting to a terrible overreaction on the part of the campus police that had her "shocked and appalled.
In response to the pepper spraying incident, students have responded with an even more enthusiastic protest, erecting a camp with nearly 26 tents and a cooking area.
University of California President Mark G. Yudof called the chancellors of all 10 campuses and reminded them of the right to protest peacefully.
"We cannot let this happen again," he said, according to a statement from the president's office.Watch the UC Davis pepper spray footage, below: