UC Davis Police Chief Annette Spicuzza said officers used force out of concern for their own safety after they were surrounded by students.
“If you look at the video you are going to see that there were 200 people in that quad,” said Chief Spicuzza. “Hindsight is 20-20 and based on the situation we were sitting in, ultimately that was the decision that was made.”
Here’s the situation Chief Spicuzza was describing:
It’s disquieting to consider that both Chief Spicuzza, and Lieutenant John Pike, the brave wielder of pepper spray in the video, doubtless consider their actions reasonable, measured and justified.
UPDATE: Be sure to read Myca’s full comment in the comments: “Though of course the unnecessary, casual, cruel brutality of the police is something important in this video, and should not be ignored, what I find as important and interesting is that if you watch to the end of the video, the protesters win. They fucking win.”