This image of Lt John Pike pepper spraying students at UC Davis is set to be one of the iconic images of of the Occupy protests. While nobody is getting murdered a la Kent State, the casual sadism of his act makes on question the fundamental role of the police in the United States. But perhaps a new ruling by the US Department of Agriculture casts his actions into a totally different light
The US Congress and the Department of Agriculture have collectively agreed that pepper spray should now be recognized as a member of the vegetable food group.
With this declaration, pepper spray now joins the ranks of carrots, arugula, chickpeas, and broccoli as an official FDA-approved vegetable.
Pepper spray’s popularity saw an unprecedented spike since the Occupy Wall Street demonstrations began in New York City’s Zuccotti Park in September. These mostly peaceful protests sparked a wider ‘Occupy’ movement that has had demonstrators globally consuming more pepper spray than ever before in part due to the help of riot control officers.
“We are super excited to have pepper spray join the vegetable family,” said UC Davis chief of police Gordon Toothrot. “Now, when we’re violently breaking up these peaceful protests with brutal, unnecessary force, we’re also providing people with a vital aspect of their daily nutrition.”
Well there you have it. Lt Pike was not being sadistic, rahter he was showing zeal in ensuring that hungry students get sufficient nutrition, Well that has me concinced.. Give the man a medal... Well maybe not, perhaps dismissal and a humungous lawsuit is in order