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Casually Pepper Spray Everything Cop

Casually Pepper Spray Everything Cop


Pepper Spray cop aka “Casually Pepper Spray Everything Cop” is a photoshop meme based on a photograph of a police officer offhandedly pepper spraying a group of Occupy protesters at the University of California Davis.


The UC Davis Occupy Protest

During an Occupy protest, on November 18, 2011, a group of University of California Davis students gathered together to form a human chain by linking their arms together. Due to their refusal to leave, UC Davis Police officer Lieutenant John Pike and another officer walked across the group, administering orange pepper spray straight down the line of protesting students.

Louise Macabitas took the original photo of Lieutenant John Pike pepper spraying the seated students and posted it to Reddit on November 19, 2011.

Photoshop Meme

On November 20, 2011, two photoshopped versions of Pepper Spray Cop surfaced on Reddit. One of which placed Lt. Pike in the 1819 painting, Declaration of Independence by John Trumbull.

Later that afternoon, a photo was posted to a Tumblr blog, It Makes No Sense, featuring Lt. Pike in the painting A Sunday Afternoon on the Island of La Grande Jatte by Georges Seurat. The photo received over 2400 notes in a day.


Previous episodes involving the police use of pepper spray against Occupy protesters helped increase the attention of the story. It was quickly picked up by nearly all major US news media outlets. It hit its peaks on November 22, in terms of Google News volume. The clip will more than likely remain the defining imagery of the Occupy movement.

Redditor andresmh created an interactive Pepper Spray Cop where users can take the exploitable cop and shoot pepper spray throughout the Trumbull painting.



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