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Author Topic: Pepper Spray Cop Interactive  (Read 2393 times)

IainB

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Pepper Spray Cop Interactive
« on: November 20, 2011, 11:54:16 PM »
Lovely little app.: Pepper Spray Cop Interactive

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Re: Pepper Spray Cop Interactive
« Reply #1 on: November 21, 2011, 12:02:13 AM »
Hahahahaha~! Nice~! ;D

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Re: Pepper Spray Cop Interactive
« Reply #2 on: November 21, 2011, 12:22:52 AM »

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Re: Pepper Spray Cop Interactive
« Reply #3 on: November 21, 2011, 12:43:39 AM »
@doctorfrog: I got a commendation!     ;D

Officer Cubby strikes again!

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Re: Pepper Spray Cop Interactive
« Reply #4 on: November 21, 2011, 05:22:27 AM »
Also: http://www.auntiepix...ante.com/policebear/

BWAHAHAHAHAHA~!

That was excellent!

I am really dying to say something, but no spoilers... Just a hearty recommendation for others to try it out a couple times.
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Re: Pepper Spray Cop Interactive
« Reply #5 on: August 02, 2012, 09:18:24 AM »
Some closure here per a post in Mashable: Pepper-Spraying Policeman No Longer Works for UC Davis
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Pepper-Spraying Policeman No Longer Works for UC Davis
August 1, 2012 by Stan Schroeder:

The police officer who doused students with pepper spray during Occupy Wall Street protests at the University of California, Davis, is no longer employed by the University.
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“Consistent with privacy guidelines established in state law and university policy, I can confirm that John Pike’s employment with the university ended on July 31, 2012,” UC Davis spokesman Barry Shiller told the Sacramento Bee.
Pike, who was on paid leave since the incident, declined to comment, and Shiller said he cannot disclose the exact reason why Pike was laid off.
Videos of the incident, which appeared on YouTube, sparked calls for Pike’s resignation, as well as a wave of internet memes, joking with Pike’s seemingly casual stance while using pepper spray on protesters.

Nice to see that incident eventually working itself out.
By the way, ReasonTV did a nice Thanksgiving spoof on this incident:


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Re: Pepper Spray Cop Interactive
« Reply #6 on: August 07, 2012, 09:20:17 AM »
Looks like I was incorrect about the details here.
According to this post in the Atlantic: The Pepper-Spraying Cop: A Scandalous Footnote
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The internal affairs process that looked at Lt. John Pike's decision to douse student protesters found he acted reasonably.
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The Pepper-Spraying Cop: A Scandalous Footnote
By Conor Friedersdorf
Aug 7 2012, 7:35 AM ET

The internal affairs process that looked at Lt. John Pike's decision to douse student protesters found he acted reasonably.



In previous items on Lt. John Pike, the UC Davis policeman who pepper-sprayed nonviolent student protesters on a campus quad, I noted that independent investigations found him among those culpable for the videotaped incident, that the UC Davis students he sprayed weren't breaking the law, and that Pike wasn't authorized to carry the pepper-spray dispersal device he employed. Nevertheless, I noted, he remained on paid leave months later, largely due to the broken process used to adjudicate cases of public employee misconduct in California. One problem is its opaqueness. Disciplinary hearings for state police officers are conducted in secret, and at the end of the process institutions like UC Davis don't even reveal what happened. The only official answer they give is whether the officer in question is still employed.

Last week, when news broke that Lt. Pike was no longer employed, I celebrated the fact that he'll no longer have any opportunity to mistreat students, but lamented that what should have been a straightforward termination took 8 months to adjudicate through the process we've set up. By my calculations, Pike received more than $70,000 in salary between the pepper spray incident and the day when he ceased being employed by UC Davis, though he did no work in that time.

Gratified as I was that the adjudication process had apparently reached the right outcome, I nevertheless thought that it took an absurd amount of time, money, and outside pressure to get there.

As it turns out, however, there is a scandalous footnote to this story.

Someone leaked a copy of the internal affairs investigation into Lt. Pike's actions to The Sacramento Bee:
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The internal affairs investigation into last November's pepper-spraying controversy at UC Davis concluded that Lt. John Pike acted reasonably, with a subsequent review concluding he should have faced demotion or a suspension at worst, according to documents obtained by The Bee. Despite those recommendations, Pike was fired Tuesday after UC Davis Police Chief Matthew Carmichael rejected the findings and wrote in a letter to Pike that "the needs of the department do not justify your continued employment," according to the documents.

Think about what that means.

Lt. Pike was caught on video pepper-spraying seated, non-violent protesters in the face, using a device he was not authorized to carry and that he held closer to their bodies than is recommended. Those viewing his actions on the Internet regarded them as needless and abusive in sufficient numbers that he became a figure of national attention. Two independent reports commissioned by UC Davis concluded that he had acted unacceptably that day in numerous ways.

But the internal affairs process used to discipline police officers concluded that he acted reasonably. It is only because new Police Chief Matthew Carmichael overruled its findings, possibly opening UC Davis up to a wrongful termination suit, that Lt. Pike was reportedly terminated. So I ask again. Can there be any doubt that this system prioritizes the job security of campus police officers above the safety and well being of students? Yet there is no move among the Democrats who run the California legislature to reform this state of affairs, because they are allied with the state's public employee unions, who understandably prefer the status quo.

I have e-mailed and called Sam Stanton, the Sacramento Bee reporter responsible for this great scoop, to request that he post the whole 76 page internal affairs document online, but haven't heard back. It would certainly be in the public interest to see a more detailed account of its reasoning.




Seems like a bit of "glasnost" may be needed here...

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Re: Pepper Spray Cop Interactive
« Reply #7 on: August 07, 2012, 11:03:02 PM »
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The internal affairs process that looked at Lt. John Pike's decision to douse student protesters found he acted reasonably.

From the second video posted here:

http://www.activistp...e-for-rainy-day.html

Out of over 10,000 complaints against police, only 19 had any kind of action taken. A badge is an excuse to do anything you want now. It's shameful.

Reasonable? Just what would be "unreasonable"? Napalm?

Keep in mind that "pepper spray" isn't pepper. It's a chemical weapon. Most often there is no pepper in it. i.e. Using chemical weapons on people is "OK".

This is a very, very dark path that we're racing down.
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Re: Pepper Spray Cop Interactive
« Reply #8 on: August 08, 2012, 01:20:29 AM »
...This is a very, very dark path that we're racing down.
Well, if it is, then let's give credit where due for this achievement to...
...your elected "Leaders"!

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Re: Pepper Spray Cop Interactive
« Reply #9 on: August 08, 2012, 08:28:14 PM »
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This is a very, very dark path that we're racing down.

The darkest.