Sunday, November 20, 2011

Image over substance

By now, you've probably seen the video of the students at the University of California, Davis being pepper sprayed during an Occupy Movement-type protest on that campus.

The fallout from that police action has begun, as CBS News reports.
Two University of California, Davis police officers involved in pepper-spraying seated protesters are being placed on administrative leave as the chancellor of the school accelerates the investigation into the incident.

UC Davis Chancellor Linda Katehi on Sunday said she has been inundated with reaction over the incident, in which an officer dispassionately fires pepper spray on a line of sitting demonstrators.
Chancellor Katehi at some point soon will have to go. There is no way around it. It matters nor if she gave the authorization for the pepper spray to be used; the image of college students being dealt with that way -- even though they had been ordered by the police to leave -- outweighs any justification that the police might have had for unleashing the spray.

There is at least one report suggesting she will speak about Friday's police action as early as tomorrow, and she already has called for a thorough investigation.

Typical responses, one and all; and none is likely to be seen as good enough to turn down the heat on her.

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