Re "Pepper-spray case ends with $1 million deal" (Page A1, Sept. 27): A university supported by taxpayers is illegally occupied by a mob of alleged students, who obstruct the university's operations. The mob claims that non-existent "student rights" allow them to break the law.
They obstruct and delay the police (paid by taxpayers), refuse to move on, and for their lawlessness, are doused with pepper spray. They were not Tasered or beaten with sticks, or bitten by dogs or dragged by the heels; in short, they were irritated with pepper.
As a reward for their lawless conduct, 21 students will share $630,000 of taxpayer money, with law firms, UC Berkeley reviewers, insurance companies, etc., also getting part of the settlement.
UC Davis announced the school was "demonstrating accountability." A true teaching moment for all, especially the police, is that at that price, they should have used fire hoses.
-- Larry Clark, Penn Valley
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