The students had been sitting peacefully, arms intertwined, as officers marched up to the protest line brandishing military-grade pepper spray.
The now-infamous Lt. John Pike walked casually down the line, spraying the nonviolent protestors in the face three times. One student, blasted right in the mouth, vomited profusely. Others said it felt like acid was being poured on their faces. Two were hospitalized. The entire incident got caught on video.
Yet last night, the pundits on Fox News were quick to dismiss any criticism of the pepper spray attack at University of California, Davis.
Here was Bill O’Reilly’s defense of the university cops:
“I don’t think we have the right to Monday-morning quarterback the police,” he said, “particularly at a place like UC Davis, which is a fairly liberal campus.”
O’Reilly didn’t bother to elaborate on why abusing violent force against liberal students might be more justifiable. But he did ask anchor Megyn Kelly, the show’s legal expert, if pepper spray “just burns your eyes, right?”
“It’s like a derivative of actual pepper,” she replied dismissively, in lieu of any actual scientific knowledge. “It’s a food product, essentially.”
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