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UC Davis Suspends Top Police Officer

Another shoe dropped at UC Davis, where the university has put its police chief on administrative leave over a viral video in which police officers are shown pepper-spraying peaceful student protesters on campus. The two officers who used the pepper spray have also been put on leave. In a statement, the president of the University of California network said he was “appalled” by the video, and also ordered a review of campus law-enforcement policy across the system's 10 locations. Students were participating in a sit-in to show their support for the Occupy Wall Street movement. This incident won't be forgotten anytime soon. Lt. John Pike is now an Internet phenomenon, as the "Casually Pepper Spraying Cop" meme (in which pictures of Pike are photoshopped to famous paintings) are going viral.

November 21, 2011 11:29 AM