There are still representatives of the Establishment who have not learned the lessons of the Civil Rights Movement: responding to peaceful protesters with abusive tactics makes the Establishment look bad and the protesters look good.
Gandhi understood this and Martin Luther King understood this. And in this age of instant communications, image is a powerful persuader.
The sight of campus police on Friday pepper spraying students sitting on the ground at the University of California, Davis, went viral on YouTube.
So far two police officers and the chief of police have been put on paid leave and the president of the university is doing damage control through the media.
And the beat goes on.
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- US Occupy: officers in pepper spray incident placed on leave (guardian.co.uk)
- Policing, pepper spray, and what “nonviolent” means (psychologytoday.com)
- UC Davis police chief on leave amid pepper spray controversy (abclocal.go.com)
- Elizabeth Nichols, Occupy Portland Protester Pepper Sprayed In The Face, Identified (PHOTO) (huffingtonpost.com)
- Officers who used pepper spray on students placed on leave (seattletimes.nwsource.com)