Check it out: UC Davis campus “police” pepper spray a cowering line of about a dozen students and drag them away. Check out their SWAT-team gear. I bet they’ve been waiting all year to play dressup and have some fun.
This video only confirms my already very low opinion of college and university campus “police.” My personal experience on two different campuses is that they are thugs who hassle only people who are sure to pose no threat to them whatsoever, and that they leave the real miscreants alone. I was working alone in my campus office one late Sunday afternoon at a former university when an amped up campus police officer with a billy club burst into my office without knocking and threatened me. (He assumed that only a thief would have the light on on a Sunday night. I assured him it was my own office and that I was working there legally, showing him my keys.) At another former university, I was pulled over and ordered out of my car for mistakenly driving the wrong way an exit-only parking lot egress. (There was no danger to anyone else–there were no other cars trolling around that parking lot anyway.)
But these are far from the worst stories I’ve heard. Continue Reading »