Nov 27, 2011
Where's the River of Snot?
A senior US law enforcement official asked me if I noticed anything strange about the video footage of the UC Davis incident.
I told him that I had only seen the famous still photo in the press. I hadn't seen any video.
"You've been exposed to pepper spray before haven't you?", he asked. I recounted for him the time that I was responsible for a minimal AD from a large canister of the stuff inside a moving vehicle.
He reached for his IPad and clicked on the first YouTube video he could find. "What isn't right about this scene?", he asked. I answered, "the protesters aren't hauling ass out of there. They aren't acting like they have been pepper sprayed."
"Where is the River of Snot?" He continued, "Before riot cops use pepper spray they mask-up. Do you see any of the cops standing there wearing gas masks? The stuff that they are spraying is marker. They are identifying the protesters that they are intending to arrest. Look right there, that other cop is standing in the mist with no effect."
He got no argument from me there. That wasn't pepper spray.
"Then why aren't the cops coming to their own defense?," I asked.
Timing is everything.