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April melee at Santa Monica college could've been prevented - report

Friday, September 07, 2012
A demonstrator is seen on the floor during a protest outside a Santa Monica College Board of Trustees meeting in April 2012.

A demonstrator is seen on the floor during a protest outside a Santa Monica College Board of Trustees meeting in April 2012. (KABC Photo)

The April melee outside a Santa Monica Community College Board of Trustees meeting could have been prevented, according to an internal police report obtained by the Los Angeles Times.

The report found that administrators shouldn't have denied a request from college police to move the meeting to a larger hall to accommodate more students.

About 30 people protesting a proposed fee hike were pepper-sprayed after trying to force their way inside the meeting.

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