Viral video spreads Occupy message beyond college campuses

“It’s a somber scene there before the police officers start to take action,” he said. “This one was unique in that it wasn’t chaotic, like some videos are. You could tell exactly what was happening.”

Protesters and police officers an share blame for publicized clashes in some YouTube videos posted by occupiers, Abrams said, but the UC-Davis footage provided a rare uninterrupted view of police actions taken against students.

“In chaotic videos, it’s hard to see which side is being aggressive and which side is not,” she said. “It’s very easy in those [UC-Davis] videos to see who the aggressors were.”

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