Cops were wrong in this particular situation to use the pepper spray the way they did and when they did. When it comes to the fate of a cop accused of wrong doing or misconduct as opposed to a training error cops get better due process than civilians do by far and cops are in most cases that go the route of formal process are the cause of their fate if it turns out bad for them. It's the cops fault in those specific situations, not the public, victims, or those doing the prosecuting. Give cops, the global community, a weapon and besides any legitimate situation where its use is needed they will find plenty of situations to use it just to use it even if its not justified. (I think the only class of person or situation that I haven't heard of the cops tasing someone is in the case of a quadriplegic. But give them time. ) Give a cop a weapon of any kind from an irritant to a deadly force or anything in between and they will find a situation to use it including both proper and improper. The latter is dramatically greater when there are no witnesses or cameras around. The cops are the own worse enemies and all most all ways refuse to except responsibility for when they do something blatantly wrong regardless of the reason or the motive. In this case of pepper spraying at UC Davis they made a bad decision and innocents people got hurt and injured and caught up in violence that was initiated by the police or triggered by their use of the pepper spray. It wasn't a heinous, vile, or malicious evil bad decision. Just an overtly bad tactical decision. Two officers are on administrative leave because of it. (Oh the humanity.) Other then any civil actions which no one can control the two cops probably will go back to work and whether they do or not the police action is a training issue not an overt black and white crime. As I said earlier management of AEG, (the largest entertain and sports presenter in the world), wanted to have public safety officers and security equipped with pepper spray at Staples Center, LA Live, and Home Depot Stadium among other places in Los Angeles. I presented the case why that was not a good idea. There were those in the security division that disagreed. Management listen to both sides and unanimously agreed with my opinion.