As Diane reported at our Occupy site, this week, sadly we got another example of police officers getting out of hand in their response to a protest by students -- 30 Pepper-Sprayed at Santa Monica College Protest Included 4-Year-Old:
Thirty Santa Monica College students and one 4-year-old were treated for injuries and as many as 5 were hospitalized on Tuesday after being pepper-sprayed during a protest against a plan to possibly quadruple fees to $180 per unit or more for the most popular classes, which are already hard to get into. Students protested outside at board of trustees meeting.
Of course the talking heads over at Fox couldn't pass up the opportunity to attack the students with Neil Cavuto bringing on resident fearmonger David Horowitz to go after them as a bunch of lazy moochers that just want a "free education" to go along with that "free birth control." Horowitz really is a nasty piece of work so his comments here weren't going to be a surprise to Cavuto or his show's producers. I'm sure they got exactly what they wanted out of him.
Here's more on the interview above from Mediaite -- Neil Cavuto Guest Argues That Pepper Sprayed Santa Monica Students Deserve To Be ‘Expelled’:
So far, much of the media coverage has focused on the campus police’s actions (the school has instigated a probe into the incident), but a segment on Your World with Neil Cavuto took it another way. Whereas some people watch the video and wonder how we can stop the growing trend of people being viciously pepper sprayed by authority figures, Your World guest David Horowitz watched it and wondered how we can stop all these darn kids.
“This is mob rule. This is a mob and all these students should be put on probation or expelled for their behavior. The Board of Trustees had a plan, it was aired. There’s a way to complain about a plan. Barging into a Trustees meeting as a mob isn’t the way to do it.”
Cavuto compared the video to those taken in Greece and made the point that it’s not like the Trustees “weren’t altering this to charge you what they do at Harvard.” Right. As we all know, there’s a minimum amount that a tuition hike can be before Americans are allowed to complain.
Meanwhile, Horowitz continued to explain why the students represented the worst of America.
“They want free education! ‘We’re gonna have free contraceptives so why not free education, free food, free shelter?’ That’s where this is going and what’s driving it is the anarchist, communist left, the Occupy movement across the country which was involved also in the UC Davis incident where there was pepper spray. You can’t have mobs running around like that. You can’t have that kind of disrespect for other people’s opinions and other people’s property.”