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Pepper Spray Experts
Civil Rights – In efforts to demean the injustices of the UC Davis police officer’s barrage of chemicals on peaceful protestors, Fox News hosts roll their eyes as if to say, “chill out.” The network’s prize-dinosaur, Bill O’Reilly asks other Fox News host Megyn Kelly, “First of all, pepper spray, that just burns your eyes, right?” The question, not only totally undermined the victims of the incident last weekend, (some of which were sent to the hospital) but also played-down the potency of the chemical.
Kelly replied, saying that pepper spray is “a food product essentially.” It’s great for busy moms who are on the go.
O’Reilly scoffed, “I don’t think we have the right to Monday-morning quarterback the police particularly at a place like UC Davis, which is a fairly liberal campus.” –A crime in and of itself. So when it came to the footage of the students at Davis being blitzed with pepper spray–while sitting and covering their faces–Fox underplayed the whole deal with the justification of Davis being a “fairly liberal campus.”
Kelly said “I agree [the tape] looks bad” before going on to say, “All I’m saying is that, from a legal standpoint, I don’t know that the cops did anything wrong.”
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