Does Brian Williams Hate The Police?
Recently Brian Williams of the NBC Nightly News attacked the police at UC Davis on his broadcast. He said the demonstrators were just “sitting on a sidewalk peacefully protesting” when they were pepper sprayed. Inviting members of his viewing audience to take the side of the protesters, he said, “imagine those are your kids sitting on the sidewalk.” In reality some of the “kids” were not even students at UC Davis at all, some were non-campus agitators. The protesters were locked arm-in-arm and refused to move after repeated requests to move. They wanted a confrontation and got it. What makes it worse is they got it on film and made sure it portrayed the police in a negative light.
Doesn’t Brian Williams have the ability to get his facts right before making wild allegations against the police? The truth is, Williams ignored the facts that Linda P.B. Katehi, the Chancellor of UC Davis presented. Katehi noted that a group of protesters including UC Davis students and non-UC Davis students were involved. They established an encampment of about 25 tents on the Quad. While the university provides the students to participate in rallies and express their concerns and such, university policy does not allow such encampments on the university grounds. The encampment was in violation of university policy and so were the non-campus agitators. Some of the students who were protesting took down their tents and left, but some students and non-campus agitators decided to stay. The university had the right to call in the campus police to break up what was left of the encampment. The events of what happened next have been well documented on videotaped and showing in various videos, the police used pepper spray on the students and non-campus agitators. http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=WO4406KJQMc
Clearly Brian Williams is misleading his viewers about what the “kids” as he calls them were really doing, violating university policy. To make the police going beyond their duty and authority, Brian Williams said "the police were methodically spraying students with debilitating law enforcement grade thick pepper spray that’s meant to cover like spray paint." Williams uses inflammatory language designed to incite public sentiment against the police, who were being encircled by the demonstrators as the police tried to move the offenders. After the entire media circus the campus police chief and two of his officers were put on administrative leave.
Chancellor Katehi is doing damage control and apologizes to the protestors and now the tents are back on the Quad which is clearly a violation of university policy. Kathehi needs to grow a backbone and take a strong stance on this incident in favor of the law and reinstate the campus chief and the two officers. Also Brian Williams needs to get his facts right before voicing his own opinion. Once again this shows that the media is a broken system. They only report to try and mislead their viewers with their opinions and facts that aren’t even true. Let the police do their jobs and if the protesters are breaking the law, not willing to leave, and to trying to start a configuration with the police. A result of their actions might lead to them being pepper sprayed, which in their case happened.