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Students at UConn Demand Full Defunding of Campus Police

Students at UConn Demand Full Defunding of Campus Police

“instead of a police department, students would like to see UConn reinvest all $17 million of the department’s budget; half into student mental health services and the other half into preventing COVID-19 related austerity cuts”

Who exactly do these students think is going to come to their rescue if they become victims of serious crimes?

WTNH News reports:

UConn students demand full defunding of campus police

UConn students from across the state rallied on the steps of the State Capitol Saturday calling to defund UConn police.

Students held up signs that read “Who do you protect — Who do you serve?” Protesters say students have posted personal testimonies online about their bad experiences with the UCPD.

So, instead of a police department, students would like to see UConn reinvest all $17 million of the department’s budget; half into student mental health services and the other half into preventing COVID-19 related austerity cuts to workers, graduate students, and faculty.

The rally comes one day after UConn President Tom Katsouleas issued a four-page letter disagreeing with their stance to defund the police.

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So give them what they want, and the next time they’re assaulted, or their expensive personal property stolen and they call for police, refer them to the mental health counselors. When we start providing them the consequences of their demands, perhaps they will begin to see the light.

    Walker Evans in reply to rochf. | July 28, 2020 at 2:07 am

    I love the idea, but …

    The school would be bankrupted by the lawsuits all of the soi disant ‘victims’ and their families would no doubt file. Personal responsibility is a vanishing relic of the past.

Yeah, good luck with that, kids.

The Friendly Grizzly | July 27, 2020 at 5:56 pm

Back in 1969 and 1970, the Chicano ‘activists’ at San Diego State were banging spoons on their high-chairs demanding this, that, and the other from the campus administrators. The school paper had a good cartoonist who drew a panel showing a Frito Bandito type, complete with crossed bandoliers and sombrero lealing up and down screaming “I want I want I want. .!”

It got a bit of attention to say the least. Resident commie Jerry Farber, an English prof, railed on and on in class about how the cartoon could cause a riot or worse. One of our veterans stood up and said “so?”

I took Farber’s class for an “A” that I badly needed to shore up a bad grade average. He gave “A” grades to all.

Like several others, I say give them what they want. However, no administration in its right mind would do that. Students would end up with criminal records instead of dorm detentions.

    henrybowman in reply to Beaufort. | July 28, 2020 at 3:00 pm

    And that is bad why?
    Instead, we are graduating “lawyers” who firebomb cop cars on a whim. Maybe those folks would have had the record they deserved before graduation instead of after.

henrybowman | July 28, 2020 at 2:57 pm

“Who exactly do these students think is going to come to their rescue if they become victims of serious crimes?”

Just do it.

Some people learn from the mistakes of others. Some learn only from their own.
Traditionally, higher education was a venue for the former, but those days are gone.

If they get rid of the police, faculty and students will have to provide their own protection. That is not likely to end well, with untrained and poorly trained individuals arming themselves against criminals. Once again, it will be the wild west.

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