have you ever been hit in the face with CS gas? I have. Have you ever taken an oath to defend the Constitution of the United States of America and the laws under it? I have. Have you ever had training in what constitutes a violent act and when and where the use of force is justified? I have.
I can assure you he has breeched his fiduciary duties.
I can assure you it is an act of violence.
I can assure you he is breaking the law.
If a citizen cited the the following;
Title 18, U.S.C., Section 242
Deprivation of Rights Under Color of Law
This statute makes it a crime for any person acting under color of law, statute, ordinance, regulation, or custom to willfully deprive or cause to be deprived from any person those rights, privileges, or immunities secured or protected by the Constitution and laws of the U.S.http://www.fbi.gov/about-us/investigate/civilrights/federal-statutes
United States of America Constitution
Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the government for a redress of grievances.
Then if that citizen sprayed at least 15 officers in the face with CS Gas when they did not comply with the law no one would question if it was wrong, an assault, an act of violence and that the individual should be arrested and prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law. Or would you have us believe that it is the right of the citizen to "soften up the officer" to make them "more compliant" prior to placing the officers under citizens arrest for violation of the above stated laws?
Assault is assault. It is an act of violence. You can try to soften it by using the phrases "use of force", and "failure to comply" but it does not change the facts. You state that this officer must have known what he was doing. I agree. UC Davis Campus Police Lieutenant John Pike had a choice. He made a bad one. He broke the law.
Ignorance of the law is not an excuse. This officer must have been aware of these two laws as stated above as well. Officers take an oath to defend the Constitution. Department policies, local regulations, state laws and unlawful orders that violate the law and the Constitution are not justification for breaking the law to enforce those policies, nor do those policies, regulations, or orders supersede, circumvent or abridge the rule of law.