Student Govt. at U. Minnesota Demands Resignation of Campus Police Chief for Not Reforming Force
“failed to increase campus wellness and safety for students of color”
This isn’t about police reform, it’s about power. That’s all any of this is about.
The College Fix reports:
U. Minnesota student gov. demands campus police chief resign for failure to ‘reform’ force
The University of Minnesota Student Association is calling for the resignation of the campus police chief due to his alleged failure to make reforms and discuss issues with student leaders.
According to The Minnesota Daily, the MSA sent a letter to UM President Joan Gabel and Senior Vice President Myron Frans demanding Chief Matthew Clark (at right) leave his position immediately, and that his interim successor be committed to “diversity and inclusion” and “demilitarization” of the department.
The MSA also was miffed about Clark’s alleged “lack of response” to an (alleged) racial profiling incident last month.
The letter states “In his five and half years as Chief of Police at the University of Minnesota, Matt Clark has repeatedly and unequivocally disregarded student demands, failed to increase campus wellness and safety for students of color and has allowed the utilization of UMPD as a physical arm of the oppressive state to subjugate and silence community members both on and off campus.”
It seems the catalyst for the MSA letter was the UMPD helping out local police with crowd control following the shooting of Daunte Wright. The MSA had hosted a “listening session” earlier this month to allow students to air grievances to members of the Board of Regents about the issue.
One complaint was that police used “excessive violence” at post-shooting protests.
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When it comes to this “defund the police” issue, I’m not seeing much difference, in practice, between “safety of people of color” and “people of color should get a pass for their crimes”.
They’re students. Suspend them until after an investigation. Then, if necessary, expel them from the school and bar them from the campus.