The fallout of the UC Davis pepper spray incident continues with Police Chief Annette Spicuzza being placed on administrative leave today.

Hopefully that’s the first step in terminating her.

Spicuzza proved to be a liar Saturday as she tried to justify the pepper spray incident by telling journalists the officers were in fear for their safety.

This is what she told the Sacramento Bee:

“There was no way out of that circle,” she told the newspaper. “They were cutting the officers off from their support. It’s a very volatile situation.”

This is what she told the Los Angeles Times:

“The students had encircled the officers,” she said. “They needed to exit. They were looking to leave but were unable to get out.”

But if you look at the video below, you will see that the officers were never encircled.

And that it only became a volatile situation after Lt. John Pike flagrantly pepper sprayed a group of non-resistant students sitting on the ground.

And even then, the students remained defiant, yet non-violent.

Spicuzza, who has been UC Davis Police Chief since 2005, made $140,000 last year.

She described herself as having “high standards and strong ethics” on her LinkedIn page. We can look past that lie as typical resume embellishment.

But we can’t look past Saturday’s lie.

Spicuzza needs to be fired because her statements to the press are an ugly reminder of why it’s so hard to trust police officers these days.

She needs to be fired because if it weren’t for the cameras, we could easily see the students being charged with felony crimes based on her lies.

And she needs to be fired to serve as a reminder that we’re not going to tolerate the lies anymore.  

Especially now that almost every man, woman and child is carrying some type of camera at all times.

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