After pepper-spraying incident, UC Davis redesigns website

Link. They might want to rethink that motto, however. (thanks, @justinq!)


  1. Check out that spray stream; maybe the cop used to do detailing at Earl Scheib?

    “R-i-i-i–i-i-ght!!! I’ll spray any 99% protestor for $99.95.”

  2. From the UC Davis website:

    The Principles of Community

    “The University of California, Davis, is first and foremost an institution of learning and teaching, committed to serving the needs of society. Our campus community reflects and is a part of a society comprising all races, creeds and social circumstances. The successful conduct of the university’s affairs requires that every member of the university community acknowledge and practice the following basic principles:

    We affirm the inherent dignity in all of us, and we strive to maintain a climate of justice marked by respect for each other. We acknowledge that our society carries within it historical and deep-rooted misunderstandings and biases, and therefore we will endeavor to foster mutual understanding among the many parts of our whole.We affirm the right of freedom of expression within our community and affirm our commitment to the highest standards of civility and decency towards all. We recognize the right of every individual to think and speak as dictated by personal belief, to express any idea, and to disagree with or counter another’s point of view, limited only by university regulations governing time, place and manner. We promote open expression of our individuality and our diversity within the bounds of courtesy, sensitivity and respect.We confront and reject all manifestations of discrimination, including those based on race, ethnicity, gender, age, disability,
    sexual orientation, religious or political beliefs, status within or outside the university, or any of the other differences among people
    which have been excuses for misunderstanding, dissension or hatred. We recognize and cherish the richness contributed to our lives by our diversity. We take pride in our various achievements, and we celebrate our differences.We recognize that each of us has an obligation to the community of which we have chosen to be a part. We will strive to build a true community of spirit and purpose based on mutual respect and caring.”

    Make your own jokes.

    1. Just under this statement on the website is the following disclaimer: “The Principles of Community are not official University of California, Davis policy; nor do they replace existing policies, procedures or codes of conduct.” Right — we get that…

  3. Most certainly ‘Shopped. Not what I see when I go to their site, and not their motto. Pretty good imposter, though.

    1. It is what their site usually looks like, and it is a motto they use on their site.   They’ve changed it in the last hour or so, to something far less obviously hypocritical.  

      Here is a link to my comment in the original Boing Boing thread, where I screen capped their live site at the time, just a few hours ago.

  4. There’s no way that dude makes 100k+. Anon does have a track record of digging up info on the wrong person too. BUT – that is a sweet cliche moustache.

  5. Just look at that fat bastard, casually inflicting intense pain on fellow human beings as if he’s just out watering the lawn. 

  6. First off, I find it hard to believe  UC Davis Police Lt. John Pike could even pass the police department’s physical fitness test. 

    Also, since he obviously had no problem casually pepper spraying SEATED protesters directly in the face, while a crowd holding cell phones, cameras and camcorders recorded everything, the guy can’t……..very…bright.

    WT keep those hiring standards up, UC!!

  7. University of California President Mark G. Yudof issued the following statement to UC students today (Wednesday, Nov. 16):

    I am proud of UC students who are speaking out with passion and conviction in support of public higher education across the state. I was moved last night by the sight of thousands of students who peacefully demonstrated in UC Berkeley’s Sproul Plaza, and by those who traveled to Sacramento to protest state disinvestment in our colleges and universities.

    Free speech is in the DNA of the University of California, and public protest is an important part of our history. Free speech is often contentious, as is democracy. I want all of our students to know that I fully and unequivocally support their right to protest peacefully.

    At UC Berkeley, a process is in place to review the violence of last week. Like Chancellor Birgeneau, I was distressed by what I saw, both as a parent and as president of the University of California. Whether there or elsewhere, I have absolute confidence that our chancellors will do what is right and necessary to ensure that the campuses where our students live and learn provide an environment for robust but peaceful discourse. The safety of our students must be protected, always.

    In difficult times like these, it sometimes can be too easy to lose sight of the larger picture. UC students, faculty, staff and our regents all share a passion for the University and its role in shaping a better society. We also suffer together the strains caused by what has been a long pattern of state disinvestment in the University of California. And, as a result, we should stand together in common cause to do everything in our power to convince the state’s political leadership that higher education represents not a cost, but the most enlightened investment any state can make.

    I also want to offer the heartfelt sympathy of the entire UC community to the family of Christopher Travis, the student who died of wounds suffered yesterday at the Haas Business School in a shooting incident unrelated to the Sproul Plaza activities. It is an absolutely tragic situation for all involved, for Mr. Travis, the students who were placed in jeopardy and the staff and police who quickly responded and took action.

    One of these things is not like the others….

  8. Very tastefully done. And it’s nice that we get to have a picture of Lt. Pike on his last day as an active member of the UC Davis police force. No doubt he’ll be able to find a berth at Xe Services (Blackwater) or some other hired-thug operation.

    1. I think Blackwater would need him to be able to handle something a bit more dangerous than unarmed, seated, nonviolent protestors.  Might not be his cup of tea.

  9. You don’t need to know my name but i am a police officer from The Future. We are just about to implement our plan of going back to the past and spraying Rosa Parks in her goddamn face with pepper spray (and there ain’t a damn thing you can do about it. Haw haw haw).

  10. I realize there are restrictions on facial hair on cops because you may have to wear a gas mask (for such things a pepper spray) – but don’t they realize they all look like fucking tools with mustaches? I’ve never seen a cop with a mustache who didn’t look like a gay/Village People stereotype (not that there’s anything wrong with that), or just a fucking tard. This goes double if you’re fat – such as the ‘gentleman’ featured on the web site.

    1. I’ve never seen a cop with a moustache who could wear any of the VP’s outfits without inducing scornful laughter.

  11. “A Community That Embraces Civility” was most certainly at the top of  the front page of their site, exactly as shown, as recently as 21 hours ago, when I posted a comment about it here on BoingBoing.  

    Saw it with my own two eyes, I did.

    Different pic, though. :-)

  12. One of the more truly disgusting aspects of this incident is that, across the country, that picture of the pepper-spraying is very probably being proudly displayed in police department watch rooms and lockers as a “hell, yeah!” moment to be high-fived and laughed about. That cop is being hailed as a hero by other cops.

  13. I find it fascinating that, apparently, cops don’t have kids who are Occupy protesters or college students. Or, at least, indicative that the parent cops instill a “Shut Up And Obey” mentality to them – Because, I would fucking LOVE to see the cops’ reaction if one of their own kids turned up in that line of silent protesters, DARING his or her 0wn parent to point-blank blast them, live on camera.

    Think of it, children of cops who may be reading this. THINK of the impact that could have on police brutality and their immunity to consequence, from coast to coast, if you were as brave and principled as the rest of your friends.

    Too “movie” ? Too fairy-tale convenient ? Think again….

    1. Not sure if you heard, but a retired Philadelphia police captain actually got arrested the other day for participating in the protests and causing public disturbance. Amazing, isn’t it, when you have those few cops who are also sick of what’s going on. 

  14. “Idiocracy” anyone? There’s a scene where retarded cops respond to all attempts by Pvt. Joe Bauer to reason with them or ask them questions. They pepper spray him in the face! Before they arrest him, after, in the car. Any action or word by Pvt. Bauer, who is clearly nonviolent, meets this answer. Now arm the retards with a taser too… and we have the future, right now!

  15. Where’s a good website defacing cracker group when you need one?

    Not that I’m advocating such a blatanly illegal act against a public university’s public image.

  16. John R. Dausend  ( Scotch Plains, NJ )

    What a Picture:   Young Girl holding a sign in regards to the OWS/99 Movement

    I think this Says what the OWS/99‘ers are Trying to say !!!

    ( Read All Below — See More !!! )

    Quote — Sign:   My Family’s Future is suffering because of the 1%’s Greed !

    Now close to 25% of American Children live in Poverty !!!  Prior America was never like this.  Many American children these days actually don’t eat (well/properly) on a daily basis.  And I don’t mean them eating many Happy Meals Daily in getting Obese.  

    Sadly enough eating too little in going hungry daily is worse then the situation of those young children who do over eat.  But yes, they are both Bad and as well very Wrong !!!  The situation is very similar to our Economic quandary we have in our Country.  Regarding both of them we can see the wrongful disparity in regards to Economics and Health per Nutrition.  It is so sad that there is no Normality as these particular factors continue to have increased existing disparity.  Shameful !!!

    We are such a Self-Righteous Nation and are supposedly out to do the right thing ?  If it were a sports event the public makes a “cry” for change and it normally occurs as they the fans can impact the industry to put it on it’s knees.  We have the general acceptance to change the necessary rules requesting for fairness and as well seek the protection of fans, etc.  

    The same thing here applies with our politicians as they soon need to realize that their power will last only so long per the current conditions, per the rules that continue to play-out.  Sentiments in request of change for new parties or general desires to continually have Incumbents out of Office, may easily occur in the near future.  It seems to be the point we are currently at in connection with the present political parties, per the reasons for the uprising of the OWS/99 Movement.

    There is an unfairness with the Tax code system and it has developed over the years by multiple different bills and votes per congresspersons.  We the general lower 99% of Wealth owners/earners in America — Who as well do matter are requesting for a change.  They the politicians are trying to say they know how to handle things to fix the disparity.  They the politicians don’t understand the frustrations as they generally desire to waive off the increased sentiments of the public.  Congress with this current system of lobbyist buying off politicians is the grounds for this disparity and general wrongfulness. 

    Foolish people who feel that this movement started just shortly before September 17, 2011 and basically only on the streets of these cities are the ones misunderstanding reality.  They are actually incompetent of the situation or they are those set-out to dupe the public in keeping things to the status quo.  The requests for change have commenced by many Grass-Root movements all over the Country in many civilized manners, outside of the OWS/99 demonstrations that commenced September 17, 2011.  It is amazing that this movement has actually gone Global, over all the International frustrations with Politics and Economics.  So lets not forget that the OWS/99‘ers are not Anti-American(s) or just global wrongdoing hooligans, as they are trying to be portrayed by American politicians, nationally and locally via Mayors, etc., etc. 

    These movements to request change has started and continues to exist in the discussions of immediate family homes, as well via additional family member(s) chats, by local events by individuals venting, by broader event examinations, and as well over the Internet.  We have accepted the fostering for change in Countries recently like Egypt, but when it comes to within our own borders — Politicians in connection with authority proves to display that we may actually be one of the least democratic like nations to actually exist world-wide.  Lowering your cap and a full salute to a flag at a sports event does not define the mark of democracy.  It is only a sworn loyalty to a “Republic” no matter how right or wrong that “Republic” may be.  

    We have Americans who have been trying to freely express their dissatisfaction with the current political and economic situation that is ongoing, but have been blocked to express freely.  A right for individuals that was not supposed to be infringed upon.  Not only a right for Individuals, but it was listed as the 1st right for Individuals and this should signify it’s importance.  Are we out to revise the Bill of Rights ?  How about the 2nd Amendment to go under Attack now ?  What about the other 8 which constitute the Bill of Rights ?  Are we truly out to redesign, fully the basics of our “Republic” ?  We had done such once prior.

    I feel more so that the Politicians are out to revise the basic rights of the “Republic” ratified in 1788, more then the OWS/99‘ers who are only out to alter the wrongs that are going on within the Republic.  We need to wake-up to which group has done more harm to this nation — The Protestors or the Politicians ?

    Most of the ongoing disputes regarding the Economy has brought the Children right into the fray for the fact it concerns them more then the adults.  Not only just their diets but let us as well not forget their Education and their Medical/Dental Health as well.  In regards to the Children this demonstrative cause is being waged as the children’s future is on the line and therefore America’s well being is truly at stake.  

    We must question why does our Country continue to go down this wrongful path and what are we the public going to do in getting involved since the past and the current politicians have done such a disastrous job in handling it so poorly for us All to Date !!! 

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