Protest Criminalized At ‘Pepper Spray University’

Via the New Statesman, on the Davis Dozen, who face ten year prison sentences for peacefully protesting the bank that paid for control over their school:

Sometime in July, eleven students and one professor at the University of California Davis will stand trial, accused of the “willful” and “malicious” act of protesting peacefully in front of a bank branch situated on their University campus.

There has been in recent months a great deal of online coverage of the brutality of public order policing at Davis. The treatment of the Davis Dozen, however, promises more longstanding injury. If found guilty, each faces charges of up to eleven years in prison and $1 million in fines.

As the collapse of the US banking sector caused the State of California to withdraw its funding for its public Universities, those same Universities turned to the banking sector for financial support. On 3 November 2009, just two weeks before riot police would end a student occupation at UC Berkeley by firing rubber bullets and tear gas at the students and faculty gathered outside, the University of California Davis announced on its website a new deal with US Bank, the high street banking division of U.S Bancor, the fifth largest commercial bank in the United States.

According to the terms of that deal, US Bank would provide UC Davis with a campus branch and a variable revenue stream, to be determined by the University’s success in urging its own students to sign up for US Bank accounts. In return UC Davis would print US Bank logos on all student ID cards, which from 2010 would be convertible into ATM cards attached to US Bank accounts…

Read More: New Statesman

13 Comments on "Protest Criminalized At ‘Pepper Spray University’"

  1. This is reminiscent of Germany in the 1930’s. When they dispense with the pretense of courts it will be just like Bosnia / Somalia / Iraq etc.

  2. I don’t see any mention of actual charges.  Would be nice to see a link to an actual indictment.

  3. So, instead of students paying a good chunk of the cost of receiving their education with the state funding only a partial amount, prosecutors want the state to pay the full and far higher cost of incarcerating these students ($40,0000 + per).  Which sums up budget priorities which led to the UC budget shortfall.

    • Adam's Shadow | Jun 18, 2012 at 3:27 pm |

      Thank you; I don’t know if you live in California, but I do and our State Legislature has been royally fucking up the finances here for quite some time now.  

  4. NotListeningToTheHype | Jun 19, 2012 at 3:34 am |

    The protestors SUROUNDED the police. The police asked politely at least 10 times for the protestors to please LET THEM LEAVE, then went TO EACH PERSON and said, “hey, move or we will have to pepper spray you”. All the police wanted was to get out of there, but the protestors refused to release them. They may have been peaceful, but anyone who intentionally surrounds a vastly outnumbered police force and does not listen to them should get more than just pepper spray to the face.

    • lol so pepper spraying a bunch of people sitting on the ground is a just response to the poor police officers just trying to leave? At least they weren’t engaged in fights like what happend here in our student protests.

      And why should people listen to the police if they aren’t breaking any law? And when you say these protesters should get more than pepper spray to the face, was is it that you’re suggesting?

    • Camron Wiltshire | Jun 19, 2012 at 10:14 am |

      So they surrounded them with straight lines while sitting?  Interesting….  You don’t come off like an unsympathetic stooge at all here.  Where is your proof?  Sorry not buying your hype.

  5. Camron Wiltshire | Jun 19, 2012 at 10:15 am |

    Anybody know why Disqus refuses to show my avatar?  

  6. the students were lucky it could have been a lot worse

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