A protest that led to a pepper-spraying incident outside a Santa Monica College Board of Trustees meeting in April was exacerbated by inadequate planning by campus police and "inappropriate" pushing and grabbing by some student demonstrators, according to an independent review released Friday.
The report found that although most campus officers acted with restraint, the use of pepper spray and a raised baton by one did not comply with policy.
The melee unfolded at the April 3 meeting after about 100 students gathered to protest a proposed two-tier fee plan that would have charged more for high-demand courses. When police attempted to limit the number of people in the board room, the crowd tried to push its way in.
One officer deployed pepper spray. At least two students were taken to a hospital and dozens were treated for minor injuries.