“claiming that the move could endanger minority students at the school”
The effort to arm campus police was led by one student group. Now, a coalition of other student groups is fighting it.
The College Fix reports:
Georgetown University activists fight effort to arm campus cops, say it would endanger minorities
A coalition of student groups at Georgetown University, along with the campus newspaper’s editorial board, have come out opposed to the arming of campus police officers, claiming that the move could endanger minority students at the school and that an armed police presence would “increase the probability of a gun related tragedy” there.
Georgetown United Against Police Aggression, a group composed of more than 30 student organizations including a campus pro-abortion group, several LGBT associations and the Georgetown Young Democratic Socialists, wrote in an open letter on Facebook to university President John DeGioia that the school would “threaten the safety of its workers and students” by allowing its police force to carry firearms.
The letter comes nearly two weeks after another Georgetown student group, GU Advocates for Responsible Defense, petitioned DeGioia to let campus police to carry firearms, urging the president to allow school law enforcement to practice “deterrence, prevention, and, as a last resort, interruption, using lethal force.”
In its recent letter, Georgetown United Against Police Aggression told DeGioia: “By seeking to fulfill the demands of these few students, the administration would simply threaten the safety of its workers and students.”
“If the administration decides to fulfill the demand to arm GUPD…they would be exhibiting a blatant negligence toward the safety of Georgetown community members, especially those of color,” the statement continues.
The students claim to have uncovered “a number of incidents that attest to racial profiling and abuse of power” by Georgetown University’s police force, though the letter cites no specific incidents.
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