The UC Davis pepper spray incident now has an upside: It’s going to force the political left to confront how its coddling of public employees goes against its alleged love of “social justice.” Normally this schism is only obvious when it comes to how Democrats protect teachers’ interests over K-12 students. Now I bet it becomes obvious with how they’ll protect police officers over college students involved in a passive protest. Enjoy!
Decades of debate over the public’s right to know about police actions vs. officers’ rights to privacy are coming to a head as a result of the pepper-spraying of students last November on the UC Davis campus.
Lawyers for the officers who pepper-sprayed students and other protesters seated in defiance during a Nov. 18 demonstration are due in court Friday in Oakland to press their argument that a long-awaited report on the incident cannot be released unless officers’ names and other information are redacted.
UC officials and free speech advocates counter that such privacy rights do not apply in this case, and that a public airing of the report in its entirety is of critical importance in holding those involved accountable.
Juxtapose that Sac Bee story with this AP piece from Tuesday:
SACRAMENTO, Calif. — Gov. Jerry Brown appealed Monday to chiefs of police for support of his November tax initiative … .
Brown noted that his plan is the only one of the three proposals that would dedicate some of the revenue to local law enforcement.
His address to the California Police Chiefs Association came as Brown faces significant hurdles in his bid to persuade voters to approve his measure ,,, ,
LOL. Against this backdrop, “social justice” doesn’t have a chance in Sacramento. We hear all the time about the incompatibility of the social conservative, libertarian and Chamber of Commerce wings of the right. When will the “social justice” wing of the left do some introspection and realize it is used over and over again as cover for power plays that are antithetical to progressive interests? Or will it keep settling for sympathetic rhetoric and shared hatred of Rush, Sarah, Mitt, etc.?