“the availability of firearms and tasers has repeatedly led to the excessive use of violence against individuals”
It’s been a while since we’ve heard this demand on a college campus. It’s an illogical idea. Unarmed police are unable to protect anyone.
The College Fix reports:
University of Chicago students demand campus police be disarmed
A group of student activists at the University of Chicago are demanding that the campus police be disarmed, saying in a list of demands that “the availability of firearms and tasers has repeatedly led to the excessive use of violence against individuals.”
At a recent protest, they held signs declaring “UofC kills.”
Yet there has reportedly been only one officer-involved shooting at the institution in over 30 years. In that case, the April 2018 shooting occurred after a student allegedly dealing with mental issues charged a police officer with a metal pole, according to body cam footage. The student, Charles Thomas, was shot once in the shoulder. Now he faces assault and property damage charges.
But on June 1, nearly 100 student protesters marched on campus, interrupting Alumni Weekend celebrations to demand that campus police be disarmed and calling for better mental health services, according to the Chicago Maroon campus newspaper.
They cited the Thomas case to back up their allegations of “UCPD brutality.”
— MentalHealthMovementChi (@ChicagoMHM) June 1, 2018
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