Pepper Spray Images Become Popular Facebook Meme

Facebook users are forwarding humorous pepper spray photos that actually have a serious message: Expressing outcry over Lieutenant John Pike, the University of California at Davis policeman spraying peaceful student demonstrators at point-blank range.

The humorous images send the message that Pike’s action was cruel and unwarranted, a stance taken by those who sympathize with the Occupy movement worldwide.

While we’re seeing an awful lot of funny Photoshopping of pepper spray images in our news feeds, we can’t quantify the volume due to the limitations of Facebook’s native search tools.

Below are some of the pictures that are circulating on the social network.

And beneath that, we’ve got video footage about the original incident at UC Davis. Feel free to share with us any other pepper spray images, or your reactions to them, in the comments section.

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