Over 100 students protested a Board of Trustees meeting at Santa Monica college over rising tuition fees. Police were completely unprepared for the size of the crowd and after the protests continued – they decided to pepper spray up to 30 people.
From the L.A. Times:
Several were also overcome when pepper spray was released just outside the meeting room as officers tried to break up the crowd. Police are investigating the circumstances of when the pepper spray was used and by whom.
Cameron Espinoza was outside the board meeting in the back of the crowd when she heard screams. “I saw all these students rushing and they were crying,” said Espinoza, 19, who is director of outreach for the student government. “I couldn’t stop coughing.”
No arrests were made.
The meeting room was cleared and trustees adjourned to another room. Santa Monica police were called in to secure the perimeter of the building.
More photos HERE.
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