Last night, Fox News hosts Megyn Kelly and Bill O’Reilly attempted to defend a UC Davis police officer’s use of pepper spray against nonviolent protesters. “I don’t think we have the right to Monday-morning quarterback the police,” O’Reilly said, “particularly at a place like UC Davis, which is a fairly liberal campus.” He didn’t explain why the abuse of violent force might be more necessary or justified against liberal students. Kelly went even further in dismissing the suffering of students attacked by the pepper spray, speculating that it’s not that harmful because “it’s like a derivative of actual pepper. It’s a food product, essentially.” Watch it:
While Kelly suggests the pepper spray was somehow diluted, Lt. John Pike actually sprayed the sitting students in the face with military-grade pepper spray three times. Video of the incident provoked public outrage and prompted UC system president Mark Yudof to order a review of police procedures at all UC campuses. Two students were hospitalized, and three cops were placed on paid leave as a result of the attack.