Santa Monica college police faulted in pepper spray melee

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SANTA MONICA, Calif. (AP) – An independent review finds the use of pepper spray by campus police during a student protest outside a Santa Monica College Board of Trustees meeting in April did not comply with policy.

The Los Angeles Times says the report finds that although most campus officers acted with restraint, the use of pepper spray and a raised baton by one officer was inappropriate.

The review says the melee was exacerbated by inadequate planning by campus police and pushing and grabbing by some student demonstrators, according to the newspaper.

The report listed 13 recommendations, including better planning before large gatherings and increased training of campus police.

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

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