- UC Davis paid $175,000 or more to scrub police pepper spray incident from web searches
- UC Davis contracted with consultants for at least $175,000 to scrub the Internet of negative online postings following the November 2011 pepper-spraying of students and to improve the reputations of both the university and Chancellor.
UC Davis Police Lt. John Pike, who used pepper spray on seated students, sprays them as if they are cockroaches. His iconic image is now and forever a symbol of a banal, bureaucratic and surreal evil, an unflattering picture of man as moral monster. (Source)
The image of him and his confident, casual, almost bored, delivery of a torrent of orange . . .
“The apparent absence of empathy from the UC Davis police officer, applying a toxic chemical to humans as if they were garden pests, is shocking. Even more so because it is a university police officer.” — Philip Kennicott, Washington Post