Lawmakers Block Bill Aimed At Ousting Professor Who Said Cops Need To Be Killed

University of California, Davis Professor Joshua Clover has repeatedly advocated for violence against law enforcement.

Sacramento, CA – The Democratic-controlled California State Assembly refused to discuss a proposed resolution aimed at ousting a University of California, Davis professor who advocated for the murder of law enforcement officers.

Republican Assemblyman James Gallagher authored HR-22 in an effort to urge university leaders to terminate English Professor Joshua Clover from his teaching position, the California Globe reported.

“These comments are abhorrent and completely unacceptable, and have no place in our campus communities or anywhere else in society,” HR-22 read. “Peace officers put their lives on the line daily for the sake of the public’s safety and liberty, and the murder of peace officers is a crime against all of society.”

Gallagher also provided UC Davis administrators with over 10,000 petitions from Californians who demanded that Clover be fired from the taxpayer-funded university, according to the California Globe.

The Democrat Party “killed” Gallagher’s motion to have the resolution be heard and voted upon on May 24, Assemblywoman Melissa Melendez said in a video posted to Facebook.

“They won’t even allow the bill to be heard,” Melendez said. “They won’t even let it be discussed.”

She explained that the resolution “condemns the speech” of Clover.

“Joshua Clover has incited violence against law enforcement,” Melendez explained. “This is someone who’s in our state school, paid for with taxpayer dollars, inciting violence against law enforcement, and it’s not appropriate, and it’s not okay.”

The resolution called upon the university to condemn Clover’s speech and to terminate his employment at UC Davis.

“Incitements to violence are not protected speech under the First Amendment and the First Amendment does not entitle a person to teach impressionable students at a taxpayer-supported university,” HR-22 read. “Parents, students, and taxpayers deserve to know that UC classrooms are not platforms for advocacy of the murder of peace officers.”

“Sadly, the Democratic party that no action needed to be taken, nor did it even need to be discussed,” Melendez concluded in her video. “This is your one-rule party in California at its finest.”

In February, UC Davis comparative literature student Nick Irvin penned an opinion piece in The California Aggie addressing anti-police statements made by Clover.

Irvin said he first heard rumors of Clover’s anti-police statements months earlier, but that he initially thought the story “seemed too extreme to be believed.”

“Only the intellectually dishonest would even broach such blanketed and violent sentiments — certainly not a highly-regarded professor at a top public university,” Irvin wrote in the article.

But after Davis Police Officer Natalie Corona was fatally shot in the line of duty, Irvin began digging into the rumors about the author and poet to see if there was any truth to them, he said.

He didn't have to look much further than Clover's Twitter account.

“I am thankful that every living cop will one day be dead, some by their own hand, some by others, too many of old age #letsnotmakemore,” the professor tweeted on Nov. 27, 2014.

“I mean, it’s easier to shoot cops when their backs are turned, no?” a Dec. 27, 2014 tweet read.

During a Jan. 31, 2016 interview, the self-proclaimed communist shared his views on what he claimed was the main problem facing society.

“People think that cops need to be reformed,” he said. “They need to be killed.”

Irvin reached out to Clover to discuss his statements and viewpoints further.

“This was the first step to uncovering the standards to which our university holds its professors,” Irvin noted in the opinion piece.

But Clover maintained his anti-police position, and showed no remorse for his statements.

“I think we can all agree that the most effective way to end any violence against officers is the complete and immediate abolition of the police,” the professor responded in an email, according to Irvin. “Direct any further questions to the family of Michael Brown.”

Irvin then turned to UC Davis English Department Interim Chair Gina Bloom, who did little more than defend Clover.

“[He is a] valued member of our department and the university community; a strong and popular teacher; and a well published scholar and poet whose work has been lauded across the world,” Bloom declared, according to Irvin.

Provost Ralph Hexter said that the statements Clover made about murdering law enforcement officers did not violate the school’s standards of academic freedom, according to Irvin.

“The basis for academic freedom is to make sure that the university is a place where unpopular and different views are heard,” Hexter said. “I think that teaching controversial subjects is always a challenge, and you have to maintain a space as a faculty member so that views you might very much disagree with can be expressed by the students, be respected and be challenged, but according to bases in fact and logic.”

“Our practice has not been to discipline people for things that they say outside the university,” Hexter told Irvin.

“If you say something against a protected class, and it would impact the individuals on campus, that opens it up to a different line of consideration,” the provost added. “Being a law enforcement officer, or hoping to be, is not a protected class.”

Irvin said that UC Davis administrators refused to speak with Clover about the threatening comments, and that the professor remains in good standing at the university.

Clover refused to discuss the matter, according to multiple news outlets.

"On the day that police have as much to fear from literature professors as black kids do from police, I will definitely have a statement. Until then I have nothing further to add,” he told KTXL.

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Burgers Allday
Burgers Allday

I agree that when taxpayers pay an employee's salary the nation have some control over what the employee could say and how the employee can act.

BuddyA
BuddyA

I hate to ruin your day boys & girls but recommending violence IS protected by the 1st amendment. Without that protection the american Public would have a very difficult time fomenting a revolution against a government gone out of control and that is only ONE of the reasons FOR the protection of free speech. Support for honest LEOs is important but is NOT more important than speaking against, and recommending violent resistance to, those officers who abuse their authority.

DC-TX
DC-TX

Only in CaliFuckYa. Sorry, I was reaching on that one :)

Caroparks53
Caroparks53

Wonder if he has kids. Daughter is raped..son killed by thug..who is this pos gonna call? Hope cops ignore his cry for help..scummy california..used to want to live there..😂😂😂😂😂

61mouse
61mouse

But if someone threatened him that person would be arrested. But hopefully the police would refuse to arrest that person

JACQUEWB
JACQUEWB

That man is an idiot.

magnumforc
magnumforc

He should be closer to the clover than he is now...

TarnishedCopper
TarnishedCopper

Kalifornica, the Cesspool of the Nation. Used to be a nice forward-thinking area until the hippies of the '60's grew-up and it made an abrubt "left-turn."

snafu
snafu

This is an example of the Democratic party in California. By not even allowing the bill to be read they are making a statement agreeing with this communist idiot. If all cops go away who will respond to 911 calls? Robberies, muggings, rapes, murders?

joaquinradioman
joaquinradioman

I just called the university and the person who answered seemed to be unaware of the comments and thought they may have been made a few years ago and in looking at the article there is one statement that he made back in 2014, but as I told the person on the phone, it doesn't matter how long ago it was, if he never apologized for what he said or reprimanded....he took my name and phone number and said he would forward my concerns to someone there...BTW....here's the university's phone number....maybe if we all bombard it with our displeasure, they'll do something about this jerk!!! 530-752-1011

joaquinradioman
joaquinradioman

UPDATE: Just received a callback and they said his status with the university is currently under review...but still call them everyone!!!

Bstn
Bstn

Im starting to see a theme here...CA lawmakers say its okay for BLM to chant & hold signs that say "kill police", they say its okay for the Nutty Professor to tell his students "to kill police"...So CA lawmakers have total dusregard for their states police officers & their lives, so I think they should give up their Police Security details and their "panick alarms" in their homes & offices that link directly to police depts, and start protecting their own lame, sorry asses!! When one of this professors students goes & actually shoots a cop and then turns around and says "my professor at UC Berkley told me to kill cops" this school and the professor will find out exactly why Freedom of Speech isnt always just that!!

Achmsons
Achmsons

It UC where it hurts. Their pockets. Don't enroll at UC Davis till professor is fired.

retired40
retired40

So law enforcement officers are not a protected class, but fruits and nuts are. Wow!

PapaSmuf73
PapaSmuf73

He is nothing more than a domestic terrorist. Any person that is in favor of murdering police officers has no morals and lacks common sense. Obviously the school lacks common sense as well. He statements incite violence. He is on the same level as Hitler. A mental person who lacks morals. Unfortunately I this is what our society is producing these days. He needs to be fired.

CDK-84
CDK-84

This guy needs to be removed from societies payroll and any way else. This is sedition and inciting to riot. If this guy is missing NOBODY would care. The problem is good people have a GOD !!