Saturday, April 16, 2016

UC Davis Pepper Spray historical revisionism

Today Slashdot had a story from The Verge that UC Davis spent at least 175k trying to bury a story about spraying students with pepper. Many of you know I was the information warfare officer of the Missile Defense Agency and I have seen a lot of historical revisionism. According to the Sacramento Bee,  "UC Davis contracted with consultants for at least $175,000 to scrub the Internet of negative online postings following the November 2011 pepper-spraying of students and to improve the reputations of both the university and Chancellor Linda P.B. Katehi, newly released documents show.
The payments were made as the university was trying to boost its image online and were among several contracts issued following the pepper-spray incident."

So, in the spirit of keeping the truth alive here is the Wikipedia account as of 4/16/16:

The UC Davis pepper-spray incident occurred on November 18, 2011, during an Occupy movement demonstration at the University of California, Davis. After asking the protesters to leave, University police pepper sprayed a group of demonstrators as they were seated on a paved path in the campus quad. The video of UC Davis police officer Lt. John Pike pepper spraying demonstrators spread around the world as a viral video and the photograph became an Internet meme.[3] Officer Alex Lee also pepper sprayed demonstrators at Pike's direction.[4]

In October 2013, a judge ruled that Lt. John Pike, the lead pepper sprayer, would be paid $38,000 in worker's compensation benefits, to compensate for his psychological pain and suffering. Apart from the worker's compensation award, he retained his retirement credits. As of August 2014, Lee's name no longer appeared in a database of state workers.[5]

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