Occupy the Law Enforcement-UC Davis's English Dept. Proposes Disbanding UC Davis Police Dept.
Never since the days of the 1960’s has revolution spread so visibly across the United States. The Occupy Wall Street movement has sparked a dialogue about issues that are rocking the accepted values of our society. Last weekend when UC Davis Police sprayed pepper spray into the faces of seated students has become a moment which has shocked the nation and sparked an internet meme. And now it is rocking the academic world. Today’s UC Davis English Dept.’s homepage is a banner plastering a cry for university changes and societal changes. The page states:
The faculty of the UC Davis English Department supports the Board of the Davis Faculty Association in calling for Chancellor Katehi’s immediate resignation and for “a policy that will end the practice of forcibly removing non-violent student, faculty, staff, and community protesters by police on the UC Davis campus.” Further, given the demonstrable threat posed by the University of California Police Department and other law enforcement agencies to the safety of students, faculty, staff, and community members on our campus and others in the UC system, we propose that such a policy include the disbanding of the UCPD and the institution of an ordinance against the presence of police forces on the UC Davis campus, unless their presence is specifically requested by a member of the campus community. This will initiate a genuinely collective effort to determine how best to ensure the health and safety of the campus community at UC Davis.
Can society disband or reduce its authoritarian arm without negative consequences? Will reducing police presence really increase student safety?
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