“[W]e stand against the manner in which this police state is institutionalized at the University of Pennsylvania”
For years, we’ve been told that college campuses are incredibly dangerous places, particularly for female students. Now students want to sever ties with law enforcement.
The College Fix reports:
Students demand Penn sever ties with Philly cops, change ‘militarized campus police state’
Members of the University of Pennsylvania community are demanding the school stop “its institutional support of a ‘racist, fascist police state’” in the wake of George Floyd’s killing and the protests/riots which followed.
A petition titled “End Penn Police State Collusion” currently has a little over 10,000 signatures out of a 15,000 goal. It states in part
[W]e stand against the manner in which this police state is institutionalized at the University of Pennsylvania, which includes racially-biased surveillance, reporting, arrest practices, the advocacy of militarized models of campus policing, and the implementation of policing measures that cut Penn off from the communities surrounding it.
And because a student petition wouldn’t be much without a set of demands, those come next … nine of them, in fact. They include
— “Open[ing] the campus, and all its buildings, to the community” (because not doing so is racist).
— “Cease the racialized practice of broadcasting on university email and texts the ‘so-called commission of crimes’” (because allegedly white students don’t get the same police scrutiny as others).
— Ban the use of firearms by university police.
— Establish a “commission” comprised of black faculty and students that will investigate “every instance of a person of color being stopped and frisked by the university police.”
— “Ban the box” for admissions to Penn.
— Penn needs to pay city property taxes because without them, “development of quality public education is thwarted.”
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