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Could be worse

Could be raining.

Remember that incident at Davis?

Turns out that at every step of the way, what the students did was not only legal, but not even questionable – the authorities at UCD were told so by their legal department in advance. Also, at every step of the way, what the authorities did was not only illegal, but not even questionably so. That pepper sprayer? Illegal for police, or anyone, to own or use.

Want to bet that anyone other than the students will be held responsible? Sure, the students, in the end, will be exonerated, other than all that extra-judicial punishment — $$$ for legal representation, lasting effects from the pepper spray, thrown in jail, just the way the police try to do as much damage as they can when they arrest you, etc.

Just another message to remind the public – you might think you have inalienable rights, the right to peacably assemble, the right to free speech, the right to petition for redress of grievances. But that doesn’t mean you won’t be extra-judicially punished, right up to the point of death (and including that, if they think they can get away with it, and they can) for exercising them.

The police, the chancellor, anyone else who nominally should have known better? Still on the job, still getting paid.

One rule of law for them, another for us.

Summary. Original.