The Tuition Controversy Behind Santa Monica's Pepper Spraying
By JENS ERIK GOULD / LOS ANGELES Thursday, Apr. 05, 2012
Santa Monica College campus is still regrouping from the chaos of Tuesday night when some 100 student protesters tried to force their way into a board of trustees meeting to voice their opposition to tuition increases. "Let us in!" they shouted at campus police blocking the door. Michael Burnett, a chemistry student present that night, says the crowd looked like it was about to push through the security cordon. "One officer was knocked off balance," Burnett says. "He went into an alcove and came back and sprayed an orange spray indiscriminately." "Without warning, one of the officers sprayed pepper spray on the crowd," recalls Jasmine Delgado, 19.