"When students covered their eyes with their clothing, police forced open their mouths and pepper-sprayed down their throats. Several of these students were hospitalized. Others are seriously injured. One of them, forty-five minutes after being pepper-sprayed down his throat, was still coughing up blood." —source

People keep referencing this part of this post. After watching all the videos, I didn't see anything that fits this description. Can anyone back this up with a first-hand account, a video, or a link to a first-hand account? Nathan Brown doesn't purport to be an eyewitness. This personal account doesn't say anything about mouths being held open. Of course, pepper spray can get into your throat just by being sprayed at you

I saw the officer forcably spray into students' faces when they were blocked with hoodies, but nothing that would indicate he forced anyone's mouth open. This is a powerful passage, so I want to make sure we get it right. —PhilipNeustrom

Here's one. - KenjiYamada That student doesn't say his mouth was forced open, though. He says "I was a student who was pepper sprayed down my throat." He could have been blasted in the face and had the pepper spray enter his throat, or had his mouth open (because he was screaming, for instance). It seems pretty clear that some students got pepper spray down their throat- I'm wondering about the officers holding mouths open. —PhilipNeustrom

  • i agree w/Philip. -nd

http://boingboing.net/2011/11/20/ucdeyetwitness.html I'd pulled my beanie hat over my eyes, to protect my eyes. I received a lot of pepper spray in my throat. I vomited twice, right away, then spent the next hour or two dry heaving. Someone said they saw him spray down my throat intentionally, but I was so freaked out, and I was blinded by my hat, so I can't verify. I did get a large quantity of pepper spray in my lungs. —BruceHansen

http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/lanow/2011/11/uc-davis-officers-placed-on-leave.html <<might be Pike?


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2011-11-22 11:41:31   I emailed the person who posted the image here. The photo looks like it's taken by Louise Macabitas source. I can't find any contact info. Anyone know how to contact them? —PhilipNeustrom

2011-11-22 11:43:13   There are tons of global Pepper Spray Cop meme content, but not nearly enough local. Here's my requests,

Pepper Spray Cop and Turkeys Pepper Spray Cop and The Ugliest Statue Pepper Spray Cop and The Joggers Pepper Spray Cop and Toad Tunnel Pepper Spray Cop and Tour De Cluck Pepper Spray Cop and Wiki BBQ Summer 2007

There must be many more. Feel free to contribute. —JimStewart

Hi Philip. I don't understand why the "Pepper Spray Cop" page was moved to a /Talk page. I didn't post the image, and I started the page with a disproved hypothesis. But I'm thinking that perhaps the page should stay and be developed as a marker about the local dimension of what has become an Internet meme. I'm not saying that the page is well-developed yet, but I didn't start this, nor intend it to be about Lt. John Pike, a human; rather, it's about the icon "Pepper Spray Cop." Thoughts? —DougWalter

Ah, I misunderstood. I thought you were trying to figure out licensing issues on the image. If you take out the discussion about whether or not the image is licensed for usage on DavisWiki not a whole lot remains. Wanna take a stab at rewriting it to be about the iconography? Might be better to start writing on the John Pike page, as many will look for him under the title "Pepper Spray Cop" and not be looking for information about the iconography. —PhilipNeustrom

We've now got full permission to use the image and the photographer, Louise Macabitas, has given permission for the image to be used as long as it's attributed. Unfortunately, the countless remixes / memes have nothing to do with the license the photo is under. I think people would be remixing it and distributing it even if she didn't give permission (in all likelihood), so I took the 'remixing' section out because it doesn't make much sense, IMO. —PhilipNeustrom