Occupy "protesters" are being evicted from their grounds in almost every city that is being "occupied".
In this picture, students sat down to form a barrier so cops could not pass and repeatedly stated the fact that they would not be leaving. When repeatedly asked to move, the "protesters" continued to block the path.
Personally, when a police officer asks me to do something, i do it, even if i dont agree with them, or if he is being a big meany, or im just mad at the world, i still do it.
As a result of not moving for the police to get by AND not evicting the grounds when asked to do so, the next obvious solution was to pepper spray the "protesters". Nothing says get the fuck out of the way like having your sight and repertory system temporarily disabled.
of course now this officer is under alot of heat for being supposedly overly aggressive.
im not sure where i stand on this. as i mentioned, if a officer tells me to do something i do it, cause i dont want to be pepper sprayed, and those guys HAVE pepper spray. but on the other hand, ive never had a reason NOT to listen to the cops. ive never been part of these "protests", ive never done anything thats illegal, except for the obvious socially acceptable offenses. hell, i dont even know if im considered the 1%, or the 99%.
it begs the question, how far is a officer allowed to go to complete his tasks. In this case, their task was to remove occupiers. When the protesters refused, the police used non-lethal means to aid in the eviction. On paper, everything sounds ok to me.
either way, this cop is now famous, and it turns out that throughout the course of history, he has sprayed much more then just bitchy baby students.