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U. Chicago Students Demand Abolishing of School Police Department

U. Chicago Students Demand Abolishing of School Police Department

“We’re going to fight to abolish this (expletive) system, not reform it”

How could anyone witness the carnage taking place in Chicago and demand the disbanding of police?

The Chicago Tribune reports:

University of Chicago students call for defunding, abolishing school police during rally outside university president’s house

At least 50 University of Chicago student organizers and other community members rallied in front of the university president’s house Saturday afternoon before marching on the South Side as part of ongoing efforts to persuade university leaders to defund, and eventually abolish, the school’s private police force.

Standing along East 59th Street at South University Avenue about 3:30 p.m., Madeline Wright, a student organizer, told members of the crowd to look at fellow students to their left and right.

“Those are who keeps you safe,” Wright said through a megaphone. “We keep us safe. We’re going to fight to abolish this (expletive) system, not reform it, because it’s doing exactly what it’s intended to do. And we’re also going to focus on transforming our communities to serve people, to serve us.”

Those rallying demanded school leaders disclose the university’s police budget — and then cut it in half. The student group additionally wants the university to disband its police force by 2022 and to redistribute the remaining funding to support students of color and ethnic studies.

When asked for comment, a university spokesman referred to an Aug. 12 message from President Robert Zimmer and Provost Ka Yee Lee, who said they believe it’s necessary to examine public safety and how policing can be improved.

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The Friendly Grizzly | August 31, 2020 at 8:45 am

More collective banging of spoons on high-chair trays.

I bet the local thugs are already starting to smell blood in the water. Defenseless idiots with cash in their pockets, what could go wrong?

This reminds me a bit of what I told a neighbor 20 years ago as i was hardening the house. I don’t need to make it impregnable, just a less attractive target than those around me. Right now the white kids are being targeted by the thugs, but remove them and put money in the pockets of the black kids, well, WCGW?

johnnycab23513 | August 31, 2020 at 5:13 pm

If ever a school needed an active armed police department, it is Chicago!

We have a junior at the university. Classes don’t start for another month. So no undergraduates. Just faculty, staff, and grad students are even on campus. Who knows about surrounding neighborhood.

LET the CRIMINAL animals come on campus and devore at WILL. Other words let them live by their decisions.

Let’s be specific: about 50 U. Chicago activists ‘demanded’ that the University abolish its police department. I wonder how many of the other 16,909 students were of the same opinion? At a school which has generally stood up for freedom of speech and real academic freedom standards, I wonder how many of the student body is as loony as these 50? Given the concern about safety at this quite dangerous campus near crime-ridden neighborhoods, I’d bet not many.

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