Fox News on UC Davis: Pepper spray nothing more than ‘a food product’

And of course, UC Davis has liberals, so that makes it okay to abuse students in the eyes of Fox News. Click through for the sickening video. Gawker:

“I don’t think we have the right to Monday-morning quarterback the police,” O’Reilly says, “particularly at a place like UC Davis, which is a fairly liberal campus.” God forbid! We’d never want to question Lt. John Pike’s decision to generously and indifferently dust peacefully sitting protesters with pepper spray from only a few feet away. Especially given that Davis is, you know, a liberal campus! And, gosh, even if we were going to Monday-morning quarterback the police, shouldn’t we remember, as Megyn Kelly tells O’Reilly, that pepper spray is “a food product, essentially”?

Since it’s only a food product, maybe Megyn Kelly or O’Reilly want to volunteer to be pepper sprayed in the face — I hear it’s just like ketchup. Then again, Sean Hannity volunteered to be water boarded and like all chicken hawks, he chickened out.

More from Joe Coscarelli at NYMag (he has the video too):

“First of all, pepper spray — that just burns your eyes, right?” O’Reilly asks Kelly, the legal (and apparently chemical) expert. “It’s like a derivative of actual pepper,” she responds. “It’s a food product, essentially.”

According to Kelly, some people are wondering if the UC officers’ spray had been “diluted.”

O’Reilly concurred: “They should have had more of a reaction than that.” In actuality, the spray appears to be of the MK-9 stream canister variety, at 0.7 percent strength, with a possible range of 18–20 feet and a minimum recommended distance of six feet.


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