Last week, university police at UC Davis pepper sprayed a line of quiet, seated protesters who were blocking a path.
The video of the spraying immediately went viral, and many people who watched it were appalled by what they viewed as police brutality. You can watch the full video here.
Other people, meanwhile, were appalled that people were upset, arguing that, like other "Occupy" protesters, the student protesters were "hippies" who want something for nothing.
In the wake of the video, UC Davis chancellor Linda Katehi has faced calls for her resignation. In a follow-up video that was also widely circulated, Katehi walks to her car through hundreds of protesters whose collective silence was more powerful than slogans and chanting would have been.
Did the police over-react? Should Katehi resign? Was the US Davis pepper-spraying a watershed incident that will galvanize the Occupy movement?
Let us know what you think in the comments below.
- UC Davis