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Wednesday, April 20, 2016


Four and a half years ago, police officers drenched students at U. C. Davis with pepperspray. Chancellor Linda Katehi then tried to get the video of that incident buried in the search rankings.

In those four and a half years, most of us forgot about the spraying.
The world moved on, other things hit the headlines then faded, horrible things happened elsewhere ......

It just wasn't in the forefront of our minds.





The campus pepper spray incident happened November 18, 2011.

"After asking the protesters to leave, University police pepper sprayed a group of demonstrators as they were seated on a paved path in the campus quad. The video of UC Davis police officer Lt. John Pike pepper spraying demonstrators spread around the world as viral video and the photograph became an internet meme."

Well golly gosh, that looks just like delousing or DDT. Until you turn the sound on, and realize that those students are just sitting on the ground, and the campus police hold all the cards.

In hindsight, we should have been more careful in reviewing some of the more unrealistic and ridiculous scope-of-work claims in the written proposals of our outside vendors, what might be accepted industry hyperbole in the private public relations world falls far beneath the high standards of a public institution of higher learning.

-----Linda Katehi, Chancellor of UC Davis

You think so?

During Katehi’s tenure, the university increased its communications budget by $1.6 million, including $800,000 allocated for new and existing employees to work on social media, Web development, videography and news. The school also paid $1 million for a statewide advertising campaign highlighting its contributions to California agriculture.

And that's in addition to the money paid to the officer (Mr. Pike) doing the pepper spraying for his suffering: $38,000 in workers' compensation.
The officer acted according to the highest standards of his trade.
As we have been reassured by people who know.
Who are we to judge him?

"I have never seen such an inappropriate and improper use of chemical agents"

-----Kamran Loghman, developer of pepper spray and architect of guidelines for law enforcement on its use, in the New York Times

Perhaps Linda Katehi would like to put this unfortunate sequence of events behind her. That might prove difficult.


Huffington Post article by Bob Ostertag here: "How is this unlawful?"
One of the key links in that article no longer works, so you will find the Reynoso Report here: "What law are we breaking?"

Bob Ostertag, Professor of Technocultural Studies and Music at UC Davis, gives as good a post-scriptum as you will find on the incident and the subsequent shilly-shallying dilly-dally.

Speaking of money, the University of California paid Kroll $445,879.40 for its report, and anther $100,000 to a “reputation and risk-management” consultant in NYC the Davis campus coped with the worldwide attention brought on by a viral video of the pepper-spraying. The Davis campus is paying another law firm billing at $250 an hour to run its own investigation.

Random key words: Dysfunctional. Arbitrary Arrests. Inadequate. Clowns. Comedy of Errors. Leadership. Controversy.
Excruciating. Mis-management.

Oh jeez. Sorry, Ms. Katehi.

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