UC Davis student government president Adam Thongsavat was in a meeting on Friday when he received an urgent text message: riot police were on the campus mall, pepper spraying a group of sitting protesters. You have to get down here, the message read.
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When he arrived on the quad, people were yelling and had their cameras out. Some were crying, others were coughing.Thongsavat went up to a couple campus police lieutenants -- including Lt. John Pike, one officer implicated in the pepper spraying -- and asked what was going on and who gave the order. "It wasn't us," one of the officers replied. Pike was silent.
"I took a deep breath, and said, 'It's going to be a really different campus," Thongsavat told TPM by phone Tuesday evening.