The infamous Lieutenant John Pike, who so nonchalantly sprayed weapons-grade pepper spray into the faces of seated, peacefully protesting students at U.C. Davis is reportedly no longer employed at the university. This is good news for any students who might wish to exercise their free speech and right to assemble in the future, but why has he not been disciplined for his excessive use of force? It is not clear whether or not he was fired or if he resigned. At the time of the incident he claimed that he felt trapped by a hostile crowd, but photos, video, and an internal report at the school show otherwise. He is seen stepping over the line of seated students and brandishing a large canister of pepper spray like a trophy before unleashing a torrent of spray directly into their faces at nearly point-blank range, despite the minimum firing distance of six feet specified by the company…

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