The Ohio state win Monday night prompted a hellish police state reaction.
Columbus, OH — Ohio State won the inaugural College Football Playoff National Championship on Monday, but the way police responded to celebrating students was a loss for all.
“We are just innocent students celebrating our football team,” one person told the the Columbus Dispatch.
Upon news of the victory, overjoyed students took to the streets in a carousing yet peaceful manner late Monday night. But their revelry was short lived as the police state descended on Columbus.
Video published by the Columbus Dispatch newspaper showed a militarized police force callously doling out tear gas and pepper spray on completely peaceful students, whose only crime was happily celebrating their team’s victory.
A few people were arrested for setting trash receptacles along the street on fire, as well as a couple of roadside couches, however it is unclear of whether or not this was a response to police aggression; and it was only a few people.
Also, from what we can see in the video, the overwhelming majority of those who were pepper sprayed were posing no threat to officers.
During the rampant pepper spraying the photographer for the Columbus Dispatch was hit with spray, filling up the lens with liquid and blurring out the video.
The Free Thought Project is certainly not condoning the destruction of property and if people were caught setting fires, they deserve to face the consequences.
However, the vast majority of students did not set fires and did not deserve that reaction from police.
Watch the video below.
A study by the University of California Berkeley showed that the armored cars, riot gear, gas masks, and heavy artillery can actually incite violence.