In a week that produced several “iconic” images from Occupy protests throughout the country, the above photo is easily the most iconic and not just because of the blatant way the cop is pepper spraying the non-resistant students.
But because of the number of cameras capturing the incident that took place on Friday at the University of California, Davis.
I counted at least 15 cameras, not including the one held by Louise Macabitas who captured the image.
Yet UC Davis Police Lt. John Pike appears unperturbed as he casually unleashes a steady stream of pepper spray at the students as if they were cornered cockroaches in his kitchen.
You have to wonder what is going though his mind as he strolls back and forth with his pepper spray canister.
Pike’s actions have stirred a firestorm on the internet, including from many people who did not even agree with the Occupy movement.
And many are calling for the resignation of UC Davis Chancellor Linda P.B. Katehi.
It didn’t take long for Pike’s personal information to appear online, including his $110,000-a-year salary, which is now at risk.
Nathan Brown, the UC Davis faculty member calling for the resignation of the chancellor, made just over $64,000-a –year.
Perhaps the above image might not go down as the most iconic, simply because there were so many other cameras, including video and still, that captured the same incident.
But to me, that is what makes it the most iconic. The fact that for every pepper spray canister they have, we have at least ten cameras.
And that’s why we’ll win in the long run.
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