On California college campuses, the pepper spray flows as free as a Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon. Here is disturbing video of police pepper-spraying students at Santa Monica College last night. About 150 students had assembled at a board of trustee's meeting to protest tuition hikes. It seems that pepper spray was used simply because the room got too crowded.

Taken with the UC Davis casual pepper spray incident last fall, and the increasing rumblings of impending intragenerational war between the Youngs and Olds, it would be a good idea for California college bookstores to start stock gas masks.

[via Santa Monica Patch, BoingBoing]