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UCLA ‘Faculty Collective’ Demands Defunding and Abolishment of Campus Police

UCLA ‘Faculty Collective’ Demands Defunding and Abolishment of Campus Police

“We maintain that divestment from policing is the most direct and effective way to achieve a thriving space for Black life and Black studies and a meaningful agenda for generative campus life for Black, Brown, and Indigenous people at UCLA and in Los Angeles”

What would happen if they did this and people walked onto campus and started stealing stuff in broad daylight? Who would they call?

The College Fix reports:

UCLA faculty collective demands campus policing be defunded, abolished

An effort underway at UCLA led by a faculty coalition is calling for administrators to defund and abolish police activity on campus.

The faculty group calls itself the “DIVEST/INVEST UCLA Faculty Collective.” Members state on their website their goal is “divestment from the police state and investing in reparative public goods towards the horizon of abolition.”

The collective was launched in June after the Los Angeles Police Department used UCLA’s Jackie Robinson Stadium as a field jail for detainees from the LA-based protests and riots that engulfed the city at the time.

Since then, its faculty members, alongside LA-based community organizers, have continued to lobby and pressure campus leaders to defund and abolish campus policing, including through writing letters, issuing demands, and hosting protests and other events over the last six months.

“We maintain that divestment from policing is the most direct and effective way to achieve a thriving space for Black life and Black studies and a meaningful agenda for generative campus life for Black, Brown, and Indigenous people at UCLA and in Los Angeles,” the group stated in a July letter to Chancellor Gene Block.

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Hmmm, the students (customers) are banned from meaningful self defense and the campus is refusing to provide any protection from criminals and predators. It’s either a liability lawyer’s dream a great place for Snake Plisskin to attend classes.
Idiots.

    I don’t see how said liability lawyer has a case. If the police have no duty to protect you why would UCLA?

      BruthaV in reply to randian. | January 30, 2021 at 10:23 am

      The police do not owe a duty to an individual (absent a special relationship. Arguably, a special/contractual relationship may exist between campus police and students/faculty), but they do have a duty to protect the public at large — in this case, “the public at large” are UCLA students, faculty, visitors (including invitees,vendors, etc.), etc.

        randian in reply to BruthaV. | January 30, 2021 at 3:19 pm

        they do have a duty to protect the public at large

        No they don’t, because if they did, that would imply a duty to protect at least one individual member of that “public at large”. That’s why when the police abandon your city to the depredations of BLM and Antifa you have no (legal) recourse.

        Prison guards similarly have no duty to protect anyone. You’d think that a locked-down environment like a prison would make preventing gang rapes, drug dealing, and murders fairly easy. I conclude these things happen because the guards want them to happen, or are doing depraved things themselves, and at least with regard to men’s prisons, wider society doesn’t care when men are harmed. Guards will offer the harmed prisoner a Cornelian dilemma: accept solitary confinement or remain in the general population where you will be raped/knifed/beaten again.

          BruthaV in reply to randian. | January 30, 2021 at 11:45 pm

          Trust me, they have a general duty to the public at large, and not to an individual (with some exceptions). Read Warren v. District of Columbia (444 A.2d. 1, D.C. Ct. of Ap. 1981). We studied this case when I was in law school 25 years ago, and as far as I know it’s still good case law.

The Friendly Grizzly | January 28, 2021 at 10:30 am

It’s time to start a petition to put a proposition on California’s next ballot: shutting down the entire UC and CAL state system. Enough already!

I suppose they’d be insulted to learn that most of the taxpaying public who support this public university would much prefer to defund and divest from faculty like these who are too stupid and ignorant to know how stupid and ignorant they are. As if history doesn’t offer bountiful examples of what happens when lawful authority disappears or becomes ineffective.

A beat cop patrolling a tough neighborhood who displayed a similar level of stupidity wouldn’t last for even a week.

Perhaps these faculty should consider moving into such a neighborhood while loudly advertising that they don’t want and will not accept police protection?

It’s not just that they’re made in China, but the reasons WHY they’re made in yHina.

Yes, labor is cheaper there. But even if labor here were free (or 100% subsidized by government), these panels are made from some very nasty chemicals, and mining, refining and processing these into solar panels still couldn’t be done economically without violating our environmental-protection laws and regulations.

What would happen if they did this and people walked onto campus and started stealing stuff in broad daylight? Who would they call?

The obvious conclusion is that they really are that stupid, or they intend to be the thieves in question.

There is a big difference between a campus like UCLA that is located in an upscale neighborhood such as Westwood and other college campuses located in “fringe” neighborhoods. If UCLA abolished its separate police force and the campus was patrolled by the LAPD, I doubt that there would be an increase in crime. However, nearby California State University Dominguez Hills, cannot be successfully policed by the Carson, CA police department.

There are two reasons why campuses evolved into the current practice of having a separate campus police department: (1) town-gown relations between the campus that is exempt from paying property taxes and their host city and (2) the advantage of having specially-trained policemen who have special training in dealing with drunk students, petty theft, and an immature population.

Imagine a world without campus police – you would have a city police force allegedly “targeting” students who must report to a power structure that resents the tax-exempt status of the college. I would rather be a black living in Ferguson, MO than to be a student being policed by resentful, underpaid city cops.

Will the members of the Bolshevik “Collective” replace the campus cops to patrol and maintain order?

Didn’t think so.
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