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Students Shot at With Pepper Balls UC Riverside Prostest

A protest at the UC Regents meeting in Riverside yesterday devolved into a clash with police that resulted in two arrests and campus police firing pepper balls at protesters.

Students were on the UC Riverside campus to protest tuition hikes and ask UC Regents to demand more funding from the state. Protesters were given 20 minutes to speak before the finance meeting, Neon Tommy reported. They proposed a millionaire’s tax, revamping Proposition 13 and taxing oil producers, the Riverside Press-Enterprise reported, adding that tuition has increased from $3,429 a year in 2001-2002 to $13,200 this year. Some of the students were local, but others were bused in from as far away as Berkeley and San Diego.

Nearly 100 officers from the Riverside Police Department and Riverside County Sheriff's Department joined 100 UC campus officers already on the scene outside the Regents' meeting, the Press-Enterprise reported. The UC police chief declared an unlawful assembly outside the meeting, Neon Tommy reported, and protesters gradually moved forward toward the line of riot police. Some of the protesters called for a sit-in, but videos show there were clashes as police put up metal barricades.

Anthony Lascano,19, of Los Angeles was struck by pepper balls, which can be seen in the video above at 4:05. He told the Press-Enterprise, "I saw another woman protest(er) getting touched by officers, so we moved one of the barricades we were using over to defend ourselves against the police. They started pulling the barricade away, (and) one of them opened fire with the paint gun."

UC Riverside Police Chief Michael Lane told the Press-Enterprise that the pepper balls were used "to protect a fellow officer from getting seriously injured...It's unfortunate we had to deal with a situation like that. We tried to be patient and restrained. In a difficult situation the officers did a great job when they faced that kind of active aggression."

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Added: Jan-21-2012 Occurred On: Jan-19-2012
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Location: Riverside, California, United States (load item map)
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