Pepper-Spray Redux: Santa Monica Students Sprayed After Protesting Fees
Not this again. Dozens of students at Santa Monica College, protesting budget cuts and a proposed tiered payment system that would make popular and fundamental classes more expensive, got a dose of pepper spray in the face.
Capt. Judah Mitchell of the Santa Monica Fire Department told NBC News that up to 30 people had been sprayed, five of whom sought treatment for the effects of the spray and were transported to nearby hospitals.
Priscillia Omon, 21, claimed a police officer fired the spray into the mouths and eyes of people standing arm's length away, NBC Los Angeles reported. She said a family, including a 4 year old, were in the crowd when the officer used the pepper spray.
The kind of intensive and brutal security tactics now being allowed against students and young people is emblematic. We're seeing more and more authoritarian policing, less community engagement, more hurting and maiming of protesters. I