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College officials faulted in pepper spray melee

Posted: September 7, 2012 2:30 p.m.
Updated: September 7, 2012 2:30 p.m.

LOS ANGELES (AP) — An internal police report obtained by a newspaper faults the Santa Monica College Board of Trustees in a melee that resulted in student protesters being hit with pepper spray.

The Los Angeles Times reports the 60-page report found administrators shouldn't have denied a request from college police in March to move the April 3 meeting to a larger hall to accommodate more students.

Nearly 100 protesters had gathered to voice anger over a proposed fee plan that would raise prices on in-demand courses.

Dozens tried to force their way into the meeting. A campus police sergeant used pepper spray, injuring more than 30 people, including two who were taken to the hospital.

Santa Monica College spokesman Bruce Smith said the college president didn't have immediate comment on the report.

Copyright 2012 The Associated Press.



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