UC Davis officials sued over pepper spraying

Three months after being pepper sprayed or allegedly roughed up by UC Davis campus police during an Occupy demonstration, 19 students and alumni Wednesday filed a federal lawsuit claiming that their free speech and assembly rights were violated in the controversial incident.

The suit names Chancellor Linda Katehi as a defendant, along with other campus administrators and police officers. It details allegations against campus police Lt. John Pike, who the suit says sprayed the seated or crouching protesters at close range, causing pain to their eyes and faces.

The students, who contend the university did not properly screen and train campus police, are seeking financial damages and policy changes in how the UC system handles protests.

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This is where the real change starts kicking in. Sure, protests in the streets are a necessary step, but it’s the settlements in the courtrooms that make the string-pullers pay attention.

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The new radicals

So, I recently read three articles that got me to thinking. The first one, which I wish I could link, was written by a classical feminist radical from the last era, who expressed disgust with the modern generation of so-called ‘fun feminists’. The other two, which I don’t link because they were really not very good, were from a classical racial-equality radical from the last era, and an anti-corporatist, both of whom were also bemoaning the state of their movements in the hands of the young. But, I don’t think that feminism is doomed, nor do I think that race relations are backsliding, or that the corporate overlords have nearly as firm a grip on the youth as they would like. In fact, when I look over the stituation, it looks like we’re in pretty good hands.

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