11/20/2011: People have been sending me a lot of pictures and videos of the UC-Davis Campus Police assaulting the “Occupy” students with pepper spray. I don’t know the details so I’m not going to comment on what happened or whether or not Chancellor Katehi should go, though obviously the cop with the mace is a pig:
Apparently the UC-Davis campus police are now claiming they were surrounded and threatened. By 110 pound kids wearing hoodies, with iPhones. I know the feeling, that’s why I never lecture in Columbia 150 without a Tazer on my belt: (Photo borrowed without permission from Michael Ciaglo)
I will say that the fact UO and Eugene managed to avoid an ugly incident of this sort with the Occupy Eugene movement and their brief stay on campus is a credit to all the people involved: the city, the protestors, the people in Public Safety, and some nameless and effective university administrators.
I’m sure there’s some lesson in here about the wisdom or folly of having sworn police like UC-Davis rather than public safety officers, but I’m not sure what it is. If you think you do, or want to find out, get involved in the UO Police Oversight process. Their out of date website is here. The faculty and students they list as members have quit out of frustration or graduated. We are going to have a lot of sworn police on campus very soon, with riot gear and the same sort of training the UC-Davis police had. Regardless of how you feel about Prozanski and Dyke’s legislation, it’s now the law, and OUS is going to let Lariviere carry it through. What happens next time – and all the consequences – will be our problem.