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Student protesters and others were pepper-sprayed last night on the campus of Santa Monica College. We hear about an incident sparked by efforts to cope with the worst crisis in higher education funding in California history. Also, an update on the shooting death of Kendrec McDade by the Pasadena Police Department. On our rebroadcast of today's To the Point, the race for the White House is finally on… or is it?

Banner image: Screen grab from video of protesters fleeing pepper spray at Santa Monica College Trustees' meeting on April 3, 2012

Producers:
Frances Anderton
Sonya Geis
Christian Bordal
Caitlin Shamberg

Main Topic Barack Obama and Mitt Romney Start Squaring Off 15 MIN, 46 SEC

Barack Obama and Mitt Romney Start Squaring OffAfter yesterday's wins in Wisconsin, Maryland, and the District of Columbia, Mitt Romney is acting like he's the Republican nominee to challenge President Obama.  Today, as the President did yesterday, Romney addressed the convention of news executives, and accused Obama of running a "hide and seek" campaign. He referred to the President's accidentally recorded comment to Russian President Dimitri Medvedev—that he'd have more "flexibility" after his re-election. Romney called that a "defining event." But Rick Santorum is not conceding the GOP nomination yet.

Guests:
Beth Reinhard, National Journal (@bethreinhard)
Craig Gilbert, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel (@wisvoter)
G. Terry Madonna, Franklin and Marshall College
John Feehery, QGA Public Affairs (@JohnFeehery)
David Corn, Mother Jones magazine (@DavidCornDC)
Jennifer Rubin, Washington Post (@JRubinBlogger)

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David Corn

Main Topic Protesters Pepper Sprayed at Santa Monica College 24 MIN, 37 SEC

Last night at Santa Monica College — where this radio station is located -- about 100 protesters crowded a hallway outside a meeting of the Board of Trustees. Video of the incident has been posted on YouTube by the Corsair, Santa Monica College's newspaper. College President Chui Tsang says that when bystanders overran the door "there was one discharge of pepper spray by a [college] police officer… [and] a number of bystanders were affected." He also said that the incident is being investigated, but that the college will pay the medical bills even of those it feels were breaking the law. No arrests were made, but the protest itself raises the broader issue of declining funds for public education in California.

 

 

NOTE: Two days after this discussion, the Santa Monica College trustees agreed to postpone the two-tier fee plan.

Guests:
Jenna Chandler, Santa Monica Patch (@StaMonicaPatch)
Marioly Gomez, Santa Monica College
Jordan Weissmann, The Atlantic (@JHWeissmann)
Chui Tsang, Santa Monica College

Reporter's Notebook Family of Kendrec McDade Files Wrongful Death Lawsuit 11 MIN, 50 SEC

A civil rights lawsuit was filed in federal court today in the case of the late, black college student, Kendrec McDade, shot to death last month after a pursuit by two Pasadena Police officers. They were responding to a 911 call from a man identified as Oscar Carrillo, who said a backpack had been taken out of his car by two young black men. McDade was not armed, and the lawsuit says police handcuffed him and let him died without administering first aide. Carrillo turned out to be in the country illegally, and Pasadena Police have charged him with involuntary manslaughter. Immigration Enforcement has released him while the District Attorney studies the law.

Guests:
Saul Gonzalez, Morning News Producer (@SaulKCRW)
Frank Girardot, Pasadena Star-News (@frankgirardot)

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