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Sunday, November 20, 2011 4:16 pm

UC-Davis: It was unquestionably illegal


The UC-Davis police’s pepper-spraying of nonviolent protesters was contrary to the controlling law in the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, which includes California.

As The Atlantic’s Garance Franke-Ruta documents, illegal violence by law enforcement against peaceful demonstrators has become commonplace. And it must stop. This is not how a free country governs itself.

UPDATE: The Atlantic’s Alexis Madrigal argues that the officer who did the spraying is just the product of the system of policing that we constructed. While true, that argument opens the door for the Nuremberg defense, and that door is one we want to stay firmly closed. Police officers have an affirmative duty not only to obey the law themselves but also to disobey illegal commands. No one gets off the hook. No one.

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3 Comments »

  1. This particular blog makes the following a condition, one might say the prime directive, of commenting regarding the posts associated with this blog:

    “If you’re going to try to peddle your creationism, 9/11 Trutherism or other crackpot notions here, you and they will be swiftly shown the door.”

    Then we are treated to the following:

    “UPDATE: The Atlantic’s Alexis Madrigal argues that the officer who did the spraying is just the product of the system of policing that we constructed. While true, that argument opens the door for the Nuremberg defense, and that door is one we want to stay firmly closed. Police officers have an affirmative duty not only to obey the law themselves but also to disobey illegal commands. No one gets off the hook. No one.”

    Remember, no notions, be they crackpot or otherwise. Hence Madrigal puts forth a “notion”. The notion is in fact referenced. Which fails the prime directive above. Hence we have a situation where the poster references notional propositions yet disallows notional propositions in response. Hmmmm.

    It get more interesting. The notion but forward by Madrigal is answered by an all-or-nothing tactic. No argument is put forth, it’s a debating tactic of all-or-nothing. No evidence is forth coming, merely arguments without arguments.

    Very nice!

    Comment by W.E. Heasley — Sunday, November 20, 2011 7:26 pm @ 7:26 pm | Reply

  2. On the off-chance that you’re not a bot, I’ll ask this: Can you not read? The page says no crackpot notions, not “no notions,” period. What “crackpot” notion did Madrigal put forth? What he said is true. My objection to it is not that it is false, but that using what he said as a reason not to hold the officer accountable would both violate the law and lead to unwanted outcomes — increased abusive use of force by law enforcement.

    Comment by Lex — Sunday, November 20, 2011 7:32 pm @ 7:32 pm | Reply

  3. Pouncing on Pepper Spray

    “The Occupying Rabble needed a boost, and got it with the story of campus police pepper-spraying protesters at the University of California-Davis. It was a remarkable jump-start for every left-wing journalist looking to regain his mojo for championing the protesters against “The Man” – in this case, a spineless liberal female administrator and Democrat donor named Linda Katehi.

    Americans awoke Monday morning to all three TV networks spreading the latest viral video of the OWS publicity team showing police pepper-spraying seated student protesters in the face. Leftist students in Davis had linked arms and refused to move despite repeated warnings from campus police to clear out. They were determined to encourage police action. Protests are designed to gain publicity. Publicity demands conflict. Publicity demands egging on the police to engage the disobedient.”

    They needed to be victimized by police “brutality.” They wanted desperately to be pepper-sprayed. They needed to regain the narrative.

    Comment by Fred Gregory — Wednesday, November 23, 2011 3:21 pm @ 3:21 pm | Reply


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