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University of Oregon Begins Disarming Campus Police Force

University of Oregon Begins Disarming Campus Police Force

“reduce the number of armed UOPD officer positions by 26 percent”

Has anyone at the University of Oregon looked at what has been happening in downtown Portland for the last few days?

Campus Reform reports:

University of Oregon begins disarming police

The University of Oregon is disarming a significant portion of its police force.

In a letter to the campus community, University of Oregon President Michael Schill reflected on “recent incidents of police violence against people of color” that have led to a “healthy” conversation about law enforcement’s duty to serve “ALL of the people in our communities.”

Though the university will not disband or entirely disarm its police force, it will “reduce the number of armed UOPD officer positions by 26 percent” while increasing the number of “unarmed community service officers.”

Future hires will occur “in accordance with our campus values of diversity, equity, and inclusion.” These unarmed officers will patrol campus instead of the armed police officers.

In order to make them “appear more approachable and non-threatening to the campus community,” the unarmed officers will wear “easily recognizable attire” in place of police uniforms.

The university vowed to hire “a consultant with expertise in policing and diverse communities” to work with the campus community in developing additional police reform proposals.

Schill expressed gratitude that University of Oregon Police Chief Matt Carmichael has “unequivocally denounced police brutality” and “leaned into a dialogue” about reforming the school’s police force.

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Police Chief Matt Carmichael has in effect castrated himself. I wonder how long ago he did that.

I wonder why no one has pointed out that his remarks are racist in the extreme:
“in accordance with our campus values of diversity, equity, and inclusion. These unarmed officers will patrol campus instead of the armed police officers.

So the “diversity” officers will be unarmed. This situation implies that the university doesn’t trust its minority “diversity” hires with guns. This sounds like after the Civil War, when the second amendment didn’t apply for Blacks.

I worked as a seasonal cop for 29 years, and always carried a sidearm in a professional manner. No one was ever reluctant to approach me for help or information. The sidearm is part of the uniform, just like the stethoscope is part of a doctor’s uniform.

    randian in reply to OldProf2. | January 23, 2021 at 4:27 pm

    That remark is about future hires. Basically, whites shouldn’t apply, and I imagine existing white officers will be pushed out.

Can’t wait to see how kinder, gentle America is going to work out. Colleges are the testing block for Leftism.

“In order to make them “appear more approachable and non-threatening to the campus community,” the unarmed officers will wear “easily recognizable attire” in place of police uniforms.”

Students will now be easy pickings for career criminals. The campus police can’t do anything and the regular police won’t for fear of being fired or prosecuted. To the University of Oregon students I say: enjoy being prey.

Have there been any questionable shootings involving the UO police? Have there been any shootings at all?

The University of Oregon had better lawyer up: I can see some big-a** lawsuits heading its way at ramming speed.

In the land of the blind a man with one good eye can be king and one man with a gun can be king on a campus disarmed until
someone calls the police. In the mean time….. pun intended.

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