25 Pepper Spray-Happy Cops

A photoshopped image of Lt Pike pepper spraying docile protestors at UC Davis has become the Internet’s latest #1 meme. The pictures of Pike spraying characters in classical paintings, old war photographs and other images are hilarious — but the reality is not. Police are using more and more force to prevent protestors from exercising their rights to freedom of expression, to protest, and to free speech. The scariest part is that a large part of society seems to be accepting this as normal, assuming that police are a superhuman know-all force who only inflict this toxic chemical upon the deserving. Here are 25 images of people being hit with poison like the insects they truly are.

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