Campus police pepper spray students

Associated Press
In this photo provided by David Steinman, 33rd district congressional candidate David Steinman wipes his face after being sprayed with pepper spray during a protest on Tuesday, April 3, 2012, in Santa Monica, Calif. Campus police pepper-sprayed as many as 30 demonstrators after Santa Monica College students angry over a plan to offer high-priced courses tried to push their way into a trustees meeting Tuesday evening, authorities said. (AP Photo/Courtesy David Steinman)

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The president of Santa Monica College defended the use of pepper spray by campus police against protesting students at a Board of Trustees meeting on Apr. 3 that left as many as 30 people overcome by the caustic substance. The incident is currently under investigation.

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