Best argument for the use of pepper spray against passive people:
A commenter to a Sacramento Bee story about the U.C. Davis event writes
You have to remember the cops are armed and risk someone jumping on their back, being overpowered by a mob and someone getting their gun; now some one is going to get shot. The same folks who are crying foul about excessive force would be much more outraged if one of the scenarios I mentioned played out.
You see, because the police were armed, they had to use excessive force against unarmed people. Makes total sense.
It does look like we're headed for another Kent St. moment.