"When those people were getting attacked and stepped on and pepper sprayed on their face while they were locked down, I thought ‘“protest and civil disobedience” what’s the point, why bother’ you know. It’s not getting us anywhere, we’re getting victimized by their police, you know. I don’t know, I think that I, like a lot of people I knew at the time experienced a massive loss of faith that systemic change could happen through, you know, the system regulating itself or reforming itself." - Daniel McGowan, in If A Tree Falls (2011), Marshall Curry Productions 34:10-34:40
After eight years and three trials, a group of protesters whose eyes were swabbed with pepper spray during a series of anti-logging demonstrations finally won their case Thursday against Humboldt County sheriff’s deputies and Eureka police — but were awarded only $1 each in damages.