“reinvest weapons money into health and counseling”
How much do you ant to bet that none of these students has ever been in a life or death situation where an armed police officer makes the difference?
The Washington Free Beacon reports:
UNC-Asheville Students Demand Campus Cops Disarm
A student group at the University North Carolina Asheville (UNCA) has demanded that campus police immediately disarm, and that funds invested in purchasing weapons be reallocated for student mental health services.
The Student Action Coalition held a rally on campus Oct. 16 to make their stipulations known.
“If demands are not met, and negotiations are not made, next steps will be taken,” they said.
“UNCA reinvest weapons money into health and counseling to provide students with more than 10 sessions a semester and more experienced and licensed therapists,” the coalition said.
They also want to see mandatory “de-escalation training for the entire campus including campus police.”
UNCA Police Chief Eric Boyce has said the force has not purchased new weapons in about four years, and “disarming” the officers would free up a meager $3,000, school paper the Blue Banner reported.
Coalition members have speculated that officers may not even be allowed to fire the weapons they carry, Blue Banner reported, but Boyce clarified that campus police do have statutory authority to use deadly force should the circumstances demand it.
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