Students, College President Speak Out After Police Pepper Spray Student Protesters


CBS Los Angeles

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SANTA MONICA (CBS) — Santa Monica College students and the school’s president spoke out Wednesday regarding an incident involving campus police pepper spraying student protesters the day before.

About 100 students had gathered outside a Board of Trustees meeting Tuesday night, chanting “Shame on you”, as board members discussed a plan to increase fees.

A campus police officer tried to subdue the crowd with pepper spray, which filled the hallway with vapor and caused students to flee. A video posted on Santa Monica Patch showed the incident in vivid detail (see video below).

The board canceled their meeting and about 30 students were treated by paramedics for the pepper spray and other injuries.

College President Chui Tsang said that he was launching an investigation into the incident.

The following day students gathered outside the college and continued their protests.

Student Samaria Gomez was on campus…

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