[QUOTE=PatriotReign;4246999]I don't live in CA but I know that the large college police officers are POST certified and attend the same police academies as the city and towns do. If anything the discipline level would be higher because its drilled into their heads that each college kids tuition is considered an investment.
This reminds me of the "why didn't the police just shoot the guy in the leg" crtiques when a cop has to resort to deadly force. What I'm trying to say is that either the cop had the lawful authorty to deploy the pepper spray or he didn't. There is no such thing as half pregnant when it comes to the use of force.
I doubt there is a requirement in CA law or department policy that requires the police to single out someone to set an example. Also as noted by JetPotato how do you single a person out for this targeted use of force? The protestors were not naive school children, they were young adults who refused to comply with repeated lawful commands to leave/move. The fact that their willful refusal to comply with the law lead to an unpleasent consequence does not equate to brutality.
This is why cops are against civilian review boards. BTW I wouldn't have a problem with a CRB if said civilians had to complete a police academy. That way they'd understand that sometimes enforcing the law isn't always pretty or politically correct.[/QUOTE]
Your second point is off. Obviously, a police officer can't always pinpoint a bullet strike. BUT, he can choose the method of deployment. Cuff the easiest looking target. Single out is the simple way.
I think the kids are punks and in all honesty, in my younger days would have had problems restraining myself if I was a police officer. Sometimes in a combat situation it was hard not shooting the civilian you KNEW was a bad guy. But.....