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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