UC-Berkeley Banned Cops From Using Public Restrooms To Protect Student Feelings

A university spokesman confirmed they asked police not to upset students by using bathrooms inside the student union.

Berkeley, CA – Police officers who worked the protests against conservative speakers at University of California – Berkeley in 2017 were asked not to use the public restrooms on campus.

Young America’s Foundation (YAF) obtained a copy of a letter via a public information request that revealed University of California Police Department (UCPD) officers were told they couldn’t use the restroom nearest to where they were staging because “it was upsetting some students.”

The letter was written to the university’s chancellor, Carol Christ, by an unnamed UCPD security patrol officer.

It explained that the police department had set up an area in the ballroom inside the Martin Luther King Student Union for officers and staff to eat and rest during the free speech week.

Numerous police officers from multiple agencies all over the state were brought in to assist with anticipated violent protests when right-wing provocateur Milo Yiannopoulos was scheduled to speak on the Berkeley campus.

It is customary to provide a safe place for law enforcement officers to take breaks.

The officer, who said he had been a member of the UCPD for 25 years, told the chancellor he wasn’t bothered when they were all asked to use the exterior stairwell so as not to disrupt the normal comings and goings of students during that week.

However, he told the chancellor that he was seriously offended when the police were told they should not use the public restrooms in the student union.

“I find this offensive and unacceptable…” the officer wrote.

“How can we foster a sense of community policing when the campus community, that we work hard to protect, has such disdain for us as fellow human beings that would deny us such a basic human function,” he continued.

“If we treated a member of the campus community in this way we would most certainly be held accountable and rightly so,” the officer lectured the chancellor.

UC-Berkeley Spokesman Dan Mogulof told FOX News that the incident referred to in the officer’s letter was had occurred.

“Some students did express concern about uniformed officers using restrooms in the student center building, and the campus police department was made aware of their request,” Mogulof said. “While UCPD command staff understand that a police presence can be upsetting to some, they made clear that complying with the request would not be possible given the number of police presence on campus during the day in question.”

Mogulof told FOX News that the university was promoting understanding and avoiding unnecessary conflict with the request.

“We have nothing but the deepest respect and appreciation for the law enforcement officers who work hard to keep out community safe,” he said. “At the same time, the campus administration and the UCPD are aware that the extraordinary number of extra officers we needed at that time to uphold our paired commitments to Free Speech and security was disconcerting to some.”

But YAF Spokesman Spencer Brown said that the university was doing the exact opposite, and teaching students not to trust the police instead.

He told FOX News that UC-Berkeley wasn’t preparing students for the real world.

“Berkeley is treating its police officers as second-class citizens, giving preferential treatment again to the apparently-fragile students and disrespecting the very people who protect them from the likes of Antifa,” Brown said. “Not only has UC Berkeley disrespected its officers by putting them in harm’s way without allowing them to do their jobs via a stand-down order during campus protests, but they’ve now disgracefully told officers that they can’t use the same bathrooms as students.”

For a police officer who had given so many years of service to the school, the insult of being banned from a public restroom was too much to process.

“I can say, without question, that I have never been treated with such disrespect and disregard for me and my coworkers as I was during the free speech event,” the officer wrote to the chancellor.

“We have done nothing to warrant the dehumanizing and bullying behavior that we and our partner agencies experienced this week,” he wrote.

Comments (44)
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JBo
JBo

Let me guess...California? Stunner.

THEDUKE
THEDUKE

Snowflakes and its not even autumn yet?. Disgusting students but especially so the administration who has no common sense or backbone and coddles these spoiled , rotten, miserable children.

ProGODProUSA
ProGODProUSA

So bring in the police to provide security for the students, and yet, don't trust them. Yeeeeah ... that makes sense ... I guess - if you're a snowflake/university administrator or professor/college administrator or teacher/etc ...

walkintall
walkintall

How upsetting it must be to learn that your local sworn protectors occasionally have to pee. How very, very upsetting!!

Richard Kurtz
Richard Kurtz

Sooo, Police can be barred from using a public restroom in a state owned college?? How is that even legal?

Volunteer RCMP
Volunteer RCMP

How utterly ridiculous California has become, I will never spend a dime there or support the College. As for the members I am so sorry that you have endure this continued abuse, and yet be there to protect the students. Guess it's true can't fix stupid!

Katarina
Katarina

The University should be sued for human rights violations. How could they even think of making such a demand? If the students were "uncomfortable", let them find another place to relieve themselves. Life at Berkley must be akin to living in the world of The Onion. How wil they transition from a world of satire into the real world when (if) they graduate?

dmogulof
dmogulof

This is Dan Mogulof, the university spokesperson referenced in this story. Unfortunately, this article is incorrect and we regret that no one from Blue Lives Matter saw fit to contact us directly to confirm the facts. Bottom line: Police officers on our campus never have been, and never will be told that they cannot use restrooms anywhere, at anytime at our university. We deeply respect and appreciate all that they do to keep us safe. Here's what did happen: a small group of students asked that officers be kept from using restrooms in the student center. That request was denied, for good reason, by police command staff with the full backing of the campus administration. If you read the officer's letter to the Chancellor he talks about a "request", not about an order or directive...and that request came from students. This story claims officers were "told" not to use the restrooms, but that is false. Only command staff and senior administrators can tell officers what to do, and in this case they never issued any order or directive of that sort. Finally, in the wake of receiving the letter the Chancellor contacted the officer directly and explained what happened, and made clear how much his work and sacrifice is appreciated.

DRTice
DRTice

Sue the school for discrimination.

Jack Kelly
Jack Kelly

I was there. I was told we had to walk across Sproul Plaza to use the bathrooms in the basement We worked 12-14 hour days. I recently retired from UC Berkeley police. Dan, I was personally told by a command officer not to use the bathrooms in the building. Tell the truth.

ReserveDepty3431
ReserveDepty3431

Denying certain demographics the ability to use public facilities has been a hallmark of the Democratic Party for over 100 years. And they call conservatives bigoted.......

Skidoo
Skidoo

Looks like another bad news day for California.

RIDGERUNNER
RIDGERUNNER

Of all the universities in the United States, Berkeley has the worst reputation by far for the ultra left-wing nincompoops and insanity. The officers who man that campus can use any bathroom they want, any time they want. If these creatures are traumatized by an officer using the students bathroom, what real major thing is going to trigger them to melt into blathering idiots? As a business owner I would never, ever hire anyone who graduated or even attended that horrid place. What comes out of that hell-hole is the worst of American youth. Thanks but no thanks. I would hire the bum off the street before I would hire one of those insane snowflakes.

Szrudy3
Szrudy3

I am truly offended by their action. These school bred uneducatedo, brainwashed morons Why pay money. These don’t teach. But on the other hand, I would use the other bathroom, stupid is contagious and there’s no cure

Stanracer
Stanracer

Boo-hoo. Waa-waa. The poor sensitive students are upset cause the big bad police are scaring them. Oh please. That is beyond rediculous. Buck up people. This is the real world.

Kilr11
Kilr11

I would tell those twits to suck it up Buttercup. Public means ALL of the public.

magnumforc
magnumforc

Berkeley snowflakes melting after the slightest thought they may be less than pampered. The result of helicopter parents who hover and submarine moms who torpedo any effort to give these kids a street smart life. Wait until they find out the world does not revolve around their whining arses.

Snowdog
Snowdog

Pee in the stairwell in that case.

Gramercy
Gramercy

If I was police "sentenced" to police Berkley...I would refuse..and I am quite certain I would not be alone. Total disrespect..not just for a person in a police uniform..but "just" a public person!!!

Back The Blue
Back The Blue

Bring back the military draft!! Oops!! Didn't work there in the 60's, either. Build the Mexican wall up the eastern side of California. And give those whiny, libtard pussy-children no American righrs!! Without them the U.S.would be a better country!!

Hi_estComnDenomnn
Hi_estComnDenomnn

Better to just piss on the school itself anyway.

TellMeTheTruth
TellMeTheTruth

Let the real squatters quit squatting!! Meaning who ever makes rules like that are squatters at an educational center. They can NOT be morally fit to teach, get them OUTA there.