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Santa Monica College Police Pepper Spray 30 Students Outside Board of Trustees Meeting

Santa Monica College Police Pepper Spray 30 Students Outside Board of Trustees Meeting

by Karen Ocamb on April 4, 2012

KNBC News reports on the incident outside a Santa Monica Board of Trustees meeting Tuesday night, April 3:

About 30 people were treated for pepper spray, and two were transported to the hospital. No arrests were reported.

Priscillia Omon, 21, said she was standing behind a police officer when he pulled out the pepper spray and fired it in the mouths and eyes of people standing arm’s length away. She described a man next to her convulsing and spitting up foam after being hit with the pepper spray.

Roughly 200 students were involved in the demonstration, and 12 were allowed in the boardroom where officials were scheduled to discuss a controversial tiered payment program. Access to meeting was a point of contention among demonstrators, who said they requested last month that the trustees gather in a larger room to accomodate the crowd.

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Jackie April 4, 2012 at 12:04 PM

Can we hold to police accountable for anything? I’m so sick of them treating us like this, no excuse for it.

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