“Riot Police Occupation”
Due to a tremendous need for security at the Republican convention this week, policemen from all over the country came to Cleveland to work the event.
An arrangement was made to house many of these police at Case Western University, but students complained that they wouldn’t feel safe with all those cops on campus. So the school cancelled all activity for the week.
Campus Reform reported last week:
Cleveland students protest ‘mere presence’ of cops on campus for RNC
Students at a Cleveland, Ohio college are petitioning to halt the billeting of riot police officers on campus during the Republican National Convention (RNC) next week.
Case Western Reserve University (CWRU) will close down most campus activity next week as administrators fear rioting outside the RNC may spill over onto their campus five miles away, The New York Times reports.
Student have started a Change.org petition asking the administration to guarantee student safety while 1,900 police and National Guardsmen are housed at CWRU, and to limit the officers’ privileges during their stay. The petition had garnered just 360 signatures at press time, out of a goal of 500.
Chris Sheridan, a CWRU vice president, told The Times that many black students are concerned over the police presence, explaining that “in light of the national climate, they had concerns about police officers on campus in close proximity to them with weapons.”
This is the text of the student petition:
Student Safety During Riot Police Occupation of Case Western Reserve University
Whereas Case Western Reserve University leadership has stated that the University will allow 1,500 riot police to stay in student housing during the Republican National Convention;
We, the faculty, staff, employees, alumni, students, community members, and friends of Case Western Reserve University hereby petition the campus administration to ensure that:
1) Riot police store all weapons, equipment, and riot-control gear off campus;
2) Riot police refrain from entering University-owned buildings, with the exception of their assigned residence halls;
3) The University informs riot police that they do not have jurisdiction on campus and that they shall contact campus police in case of emergency;
4) Riot police refrain from using alcohol or other mind-altering substances for the duration of their stay;
5) Riot police expressly consent to abide by University conduct regulations including, but not limited to: antidiscrimination, sexual harassment, substance abuse, and weapons policies;
6) The University bans from campus any riot police officer that violates University conduct policies;
7) The University informs the campus community of the following details by July 1st:
· The residence halls to which the riot police will be assigned,
· The dates and times the riot police will be on campus, and
· The details of the campus security plan to protect the rights and safety of the campus community during the RNC;
8) The University offers alternative housing arrangements for students in University Summer Housing who request reassignment for the duration of the stay of the riot police;
9) The University provides a mechanism for the campus community to report incidences of riot police misconduct.
Funny. I thought today’s students approved of occupations.
Greg Gutfeld covered this on his show Sunday night. He and his panel had a good time with the story, watch below:
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