Video: Police Pepper Spray at Students at Santa Monica College


At Santa Monica College in Santa Monica, California, campus police wielded batons and pepper-sprayed about 100 students who were protesting high-priced courses and trying to push their way into a trustees meeting on Tuesday.

Videos (below) show the students chanting "Let us in, let us in" and "No cuts, no fees, education should be free."

Students were upset because only a handful were allowed into the meeting. When the students' request to move the meeting to a larger venue was denied, they began to enter the building.

That's when two officers were allegedly backed-up against a wall and began using batons and pepper spray to keep the students out of the room.

Santa Monica College spokesman Bruce Smith said: "It was the judgment of police that the crowd was getting out of hand and it was a safety issue."

City News Service reported that Santa Monica College officials are going to launch an investigation into the incident.

CNS reported that around 30 students were treated for pepper spray exposure, according to Capt. Judah Mitchell of the Santa Monica Fire Department.


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