CLAREMONT (AP) — A California college has suspended five students for blocking access to a campus event to protest a speaker known for defending police against Black Lives Matter activists.

The Los Angeles Times reported Saturday that the decision by Claremont McKenna College stems from an April 6 demonstration. Students and others ignored temporary barriers and blocked entrances to a hall where author and commentator Heather MacDonald was scheduled to speak.

At the time, campus officials and security decided not to make arrests or force the estimated 250 protesters to disperse. Instead, MacDonald spoke before a handful of observers while the college live-streamed the event.

College president Hiram Chodosh vowed to take disciplinary action. Last week officials suspended three students for a year and two others for a semester.

Copyright 2017 The Associated Press.

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