“immediately cease contractual agreements with Columbus Police Department for any and all on-campus investigations, services, and events”
The next time someone at the school calls 911, maybe the operator should refer them to the school’s department of diversity and inclusion.
Campus Reform reports:
Thousands of students demand Ohio State cut ties with police, spend money on diversity center instead
The Ohio State University’s undergraduate student government sent a letter to administration demanding that OSU dismantle all connections with the Columbus Police Department and redirect any affiliated funds to diversity efforts. Thousands of students have signed the letter in agreement.
The letter, sent June 1, addresses the “injustices against the Black Community and Columbus Protestors by the Columbus Police Department.”
“Our city is burning, our students are hurting, the safety and wellbeing of the Black community is at inherent risk and there is no other time to act than now,” writes the student government.
The governing body then proceeds to list its demands pertaining to OSU’s plans to address “community safety in Columbus.”
The letter requests that Ohio State’s Police Department “immediately cease contractual agreements with Columbus Police Department for any and all on-campus investigations, services, and events,” as well as any “mutual aid service contracts with the Columbus Police Department and strongly reevaluate Joint Patrol operations.” This is mean to be a means of “restrict[ing] the presence of and limit the frequency of calls to CPD officers and resources in the off-campus living areas.”
The students also demand that the university “reallocate the funds” that were originally going to OSU’s police department’s budget and instead redirect those funds to “student support units, such as the Office of Diversity and Inclusion, the Student Life Multicultural Center, Student Life Counseling and Consultation Services, or the Student Life Student Wellness Center.”
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