“I believe this review is necessary given that concerns have been raised through several channels”
The quest to turn these student protesters into victims has really been something to behold.
Former Obama Attorney General Loretta Lynch to review SU’s police department amid protests
The former U.S. Attorney General under President Barack Obama has been hired to review the Syracuse University police department amid a sit-in protest that has roiled the campus since last week.
SU Chancellor Kent Syverud sent an all-campus message early Monday, apologizing for how the university has responded to the sit-in at the administration building, especially students who were suspended after being identified as protesters when they were not, he said.
He said the university would hire Loretta Lynch, Obama’s former attorney general, to do an “independent, expedited review” of the university’s Department of Public Safety.
“I believe this review is necessary given that concerns have been raised through several channels about how DPS engages with our community and how it has managed various interactions with students, including protestors,” Syverud said in his message. “Our DPS officers work very hard every day and night to protect our students and our community. Our community expectations and our needs have evolved, and this review will result in recommendations on how DPS can best meet today’s community’s needs going forward.”
Lynch now works for the Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison law firm. Syverud said she is “widely respected for bringing voice to all sides” and is respected for her work on police-community relations.
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