The recent events at UC-Davis are nothing short of shocking, appalling, and downright disgusting. Lieutenant John Pike is pictured above using military-grade pepper spray at point-blank range on peaceful demonstrators at UC-Davis’ campus on Friday afternoon. Just from perusing the world wide web, it ain’t hard to tell there’s a lot of visceral emotion toward Pike himself. I would say justifiably so. However, Pike shouldn’t be the only one held accountable. The whole system is at fault. Ultimately, our society is at fault. Lt. Pike and people like him are the products of a much larger sociological flaw. I don’t have a Ph.D in a social science, so I’m not going to sit here and try to write a dissertation on the sad state of modern society. But I do know when something is deeply fucked. I’m not saying Pike shouldn’t be held accountable. In fact, I think he should be removed from the police force permanently. The whole system should be revamped; maybe this hack-job can work his makeover magic on the country’s police force? We can only dream, right?
Hell, maybe I’m reading way too far into this whole thing. Maybe Lt. Pike is just a frustrated middle-aged man, chronically miserable because he’s struggling to hide a little secret and looks like this dude* trying to dress up like this dude on Halloween.
For an interesting account of what happened on Friday straight from the horse’s mouth, read this.
*Nothing against Louis. The dude is unmatched in the comedy game right now.