Police Pepperspray Protesting Santa Monica College Student [Video]
Raw video captures ordeal
TIME Magazine named "The Protestor" their 2011 Person of the Year, so far it looks like 2012 will be a repeat performance.
On Tuesday, 30 or so demonstrators at Santa Monica College were pepper sprayed by police after protesting outside of a trustee's meeting where a plan to hike up the price of classes was being discussed.
The new plan includes the formation of a nonprofit foundation which would offer core courses for about $600 each, or about $200 per unit — about four times the current price.
Raw video shows the protestors attempting to enter the meeting where just a few students were allowed to attend. As they began chanting and crowding the doorway, police officers pulled out the pepper spray and night sticks and commenced to earn their paychecks.
"It was the judgment of police that the crowd was getting out of hand and it was a safety issue," says Santa Monica College spokesman Bruce Smith.
Check out the scene for yourself.