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The pepper spray incident at UC Davis was cause for fury to be aimed at police who showered non-threatening, sitting protesters with the irritant in the same way you would water your garden plants.
When it came to the crowd-control method of choice, the plants wouldn't be able to fight back, and the students chose not to.
The video footage, shot by a witness, was uploaded to YouTube -- showing an official statement released earlier to be utterly false and as spin in its finest form.
Pepper spray -- oleoresin capsicum -- uses natural inflammatory agents found in over 300 varieties of peppers, including Cayenne. When sprayed in someone's face it causes intense burning around the eyes, temporary blindness, and restricts breathing.
The incident created a 'Casually pepper spray everything cop' meme that has flooded the web since the day at UC Davis. The reaction was widespread, and the cop who committed the actions has been featured in many different satirical creations.
These satirical images and videos include mock versions of famous paintings, sketches and activist cartoons.
A recent OWS Tactical Tweet, an account dedicated to advice and support for Occupy Wall Street protesters.
"@OWSLivestream will set you up with everything you need as a citizen journalist. FILM THE POLICE"
OWS Live stream sets up individuals and offers advice for citizens who wish to report from the ground, heavily promoting citizen journalism to document Occupy events.
'FILM THE POLICE' is quite a strong statement, and radiates a heavy mistrust of the U.S police force. If you video everything that goes on, then if events like UC Davis reappear, online networks will yet again have the means to retaliate.
"What's it like to go from a freezing tent to a cold jail cell? Lets help get @OccupyDenver outta jail. Donate for bail"
This tweet from the account 'Police for the 99 per cent' requested bail support for a protester arrested in the Occupy Denver movement, with PayPal used as a means of donating.
According to their website, their presence online is represented as police in 'solidarity' with Occupy Wall Street protesters.
An interesting letter to the group from 'The Tofu Bacon', an anonymous police sergeant said:
"As a liberal minded police officer, I was overjoyed when I saw the beginning of the Occupy_Police movement. I was heartened by the idea that other law enforcement out there had the courage to come forward to support a movement that was so just in its ideals, but problematic for a peace officer to support.
I am tired of being encouraged to hippy punch and chase around the homeless. I want to fight real crime, burglars, robbers, rapists, fraudsters, the worst of the worst. I’m hoping that if you Occupiers play this right, I’m can look forward to spending time in an economic crimes unit and running some search warrants and court-ordered wire taps on the 1%, to protect the 99%."