“People think that cops need to be reformed. They need to be killed.”
Is it any wonder why we see so many students spouting anti-police rhetoric on college campuses? Some of them are hearing this from educators.
Campus Reform reports:
Calif. student busts prof who said cops ‘need to be killed’
A professor at the University of California-Davis professor is facing renewed backlash over a 2014 tweet in which he reportedly said that police “need to be killed.”
UC-Davis English Professor Joshua Clover, in tweets on his now private Twitter account, reportedly wrote, “I am thankful that every living cop will one day be dead, some by their own hand, some by others, too many of old age #letsnotmakemore.” A separate tweet from Clover just one month later reportedly read, “I mean, it’s easier to shoot cops when their backs are turned, no?”
During an interview in 2015 interview with SFWeekly.com, Clover said, “People think that cops need to be reformed. They need to be killed.”
Those comments had gone largely forgotten until the recent fatal shooting of Davis police officer Natalie Corona prompted one UC-Davis student to do a little digging on one particular professor who he had heard had a track record of making anti-law enforcement comments. Sure enough, the student’s research paid off. He wrote an op-ed in the student newspaper, The Aggie, explaining how he discovered the incendiary remarks and the actions he took once discovering them.
“The shooting reminded me of the rumors about the cop-threatening professor last quarter. I wasn’t trying to connect the two — the shooting and the professor’s comments about killing cops — but the shooting provided the backdrop for my investigation,” student Nick Irvin wrote. “In a community that’s just witnessed an ambush-style cop killing, the downsides were next to none; we ought to know what our professors think and say on the public record.”
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