UC Davis Won't Discipline Professor Who Says 'Cops Need To Be Killed'

UC Davis professor Joshua Clover said that law enforcement officers "need to be killed."

Correction: The original version of this story mistakenly used Officer Natalie Corona's name with information about how Officer Ronil Singh was murdered.

Davis, CA – A University of California Davis literature professor who repeatedly advocated for the murder of law enforcement officers will not be reprimanded for his statements.

UC Davis professor Joshua Clover’s past comments about police came to light just over a month after Davis Police Officer Natalie Corona was murdered in the line of duty by a gunman, comparative literature student Nick Irvin said in an opinion piece published in The California Aggie.

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 Officer Corona’s brutal murder, 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.

UC Davis Chief Marketing and Communications Officer Dana Topousis, on behalf of the school’s administration, said that Clover’s statements were “unconscionable,” but that they did not warrant further action, Irvin said.

Likewise, 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.”

He said that humanities professors, including Clover, are allowed even more leeway when discussing “controversial” topics than professors in other departments, and insisted that Clover’s statements were protected by his rights to freedom of expression and free speech.

“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.

“If the university is ‘truly grateful for the dedication of those in our community who protect us at any cost,’ its defense of Clover doesn’t show it,” Irvin wrote in the opinion piece. “He was never truly confronted about his advocacy for murder.”

Irvin said he released his findings in order to expose what is being permitted at UC Davis.

“I want people to know that one of our professors is saying these things and he wants people to die for nothing more than the badge that they wear," he told KTXL. “I just want people to know what this university is allowing.”

As news of the opinion piece spread, UC Davis released a statement about Clover’s comments.

“We find it unconscionable that anyone would condone much less appear to advocate murder. A young police officer has been killed serving the city of Davis. We mourn her loss,” the statement read.

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

He has also set his Twitter profile to private.

"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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ArtBeltranJr
ArtBeltranJr

Can we create list of these POS? That way LEO's won't have to protect these people anymore.

Keagan Thomas
Keagan Thomas

I hate people, this scumbag should burn in hell.

Burgers Allday
Burgers Allday

I disagree with his position on killing police officers, but he was probably correct when he tweeted that it is easier to kill a policeman when his back is turned. But, just because it is easier doesn't mean that one should do it. I think he is letting his anger cloud his judgement -- we see this happen on a daily basis with many of the posters at this very site.

JBo
JBo

"...did not violate the school’s standards of academic freedom".

I wonder what DOES violate their standards...anything?

ProGODProUSA
ProGODProUSA

If he had advocated the killing of, oh let's say, black activists, Hispanic activists, or LBGTQXYZ activists, or Antifas, he would have been severely reprimanded?

gr3y67
gr3y67

Natalie Corona was murdered by a worthless American citizen while responding to a traffic accident, not an illegal immigrant on a traffic stop. Fix your article.

Thinblueline
Thinblueline

I just have to laugh at assholes like this, hopefully he will get ass cancer and die a slow painful death.

SAAM
SAAM

Does that mean its OK to advocate killing of UC professors or is that a no-no?

LEO0301
LEO0301

I praise the student who exposed this POS. At this point only public pressure will get the university to take the appropriate action. The fact this is a California University isn't the least bit surprising. Keeping it real, right Cali?

lrogers664
lrogers664

Another waste of oxygen voicing his worthless opinion. Any parent that would fund a child attending this school needs to rethink their decision.

Paul Kersey Jr.
Paul Kersey Jr.

He is an asshole. It's baked out commie libtards like this puke that make any serious examination of abuse difficult or impossible. Another shallow person responding to his tribal/in group instincts instead of dispassionately examining a deadly serious topic. I once asked an old line commie professor how he reconciled the excesses of the Cheka, the NKVD, and the holodomor - he was fine with it. Monsters.

Tedster
Tedster

So... what if this dude had called for all university administrators to be killed? Then one gets killed. So... what then? Well, more speech diversity, of course, right?!? WTFF

Det_John_Kimble
Det_John_Kimble

These so called educators like this really are doubling down on stupid now a days...

reverett456117502
reverett456117502

Maybe it's time to the BLUE in CA to protest UC Davis! It can be done in a peaceful, but show of strength manner. Come on CA Officers, line up at the front door and show them we won't tolerate this insane way of thinking or teaching students! We're with you in OHIO!

RB2207
RB2207

He does have a right to say whatever he wants. He is not free from consequences though. When people stop paying for their kids to go to these schools, then something will be done about it. People need to speak with their hard earned dollars. If you don't like a school/business politics then don't give them money. They will change their politics.

Gap Filler
Gap Filler

He's an admitted communist by his own testimony. So why is he teaching your kid in an American University? I wonder how his comments would be received by Putin? I'm betting he'd be disappeared the following day that's how well they'd be received. It's easy being a commie in the States where every liberal can cry, piss and moan all they want until they get their way. Why don't they try doing it in countries that are struggling with the same exact issues and see how they fare up!

LordSeamus
LordSeamus

So.....his hate speech is allowed and considered free speech ? So, using that logic, if I say we should start killing off communist and/or errant philosophy university professors would also be protected by free speech ? Cool !

bob95648
bob95648

UC Davis was founded as the agriculture dept of Cal Berkeley. It has evolved into Berkeley North. Too bad this "Professor" never got a chance to meet Michael Brown when he was alive. It might have been an eye opening experience.

gdblstx
gdblstx

Truly appalling. I would really like to hear from campus law enforcement. This is a slap in the face to them. And who will this professor call when he needs assistance? Hopefully not the police. They will help him because that's who and what they are. They help those who need them. Even jerks like this guy. Sheesh.

magnumforc
magnumforc

What a POS! Wonder how leftist leaning UC Davis would be if a cop stated that all liberal professors should be killed? The entire campus would be rioting. We can hope he gets taken out by one of the meth head students...that would be funny...

Sgt188
Sgt188

Watch your back asshole

slo1942
slo1942

I hope that he gets CANCER OF HIS BALLS AND DIES A SLOW PAINFUL DEATH !!!!!

HAWAIIBLUE
HAWAIIBLUE

Gee, and to think, what if all the law enforcement communities went over there and protested that he be fired? Exactly we probably wouldn’t because we know how to act, unlike these BLM, ACLU assholes. That’s like coming out and saying it’s ok to kill black people, asian people white people, brown people, or whomever. That’s the same shit as this guys message in my opinion.

DaleMcNamee
DaleMcNamee

"Professor" Clover should not receive protection on campus, nor should any police response for him at UC Davis...

And he should not receive Police, Fire, & EMS services at his home !

pbm4jc
pbm4jc

I am thankful that he'll be dead one day. Hope soon. I prefer he changes his views and find Jesus. But if not, so be it.

bunko376
bunko376

A True P.O.S. !!! God Bless ALL L.E.O.'s !!!

NickyJ
NickyJ

What a stupid ass. The next he needs the police I hope they take the long way getting there.

Grateful4LawEnforc.
Grateful4LawEnforc.

If this "professor" were to start getting death threats, Molotov cocktails thrown at his home, incendiary devices on his car, etc., who would he call for protection? I'm not advocating these actions by any means, but it would certainly be an eye opener for him to realize how valuable our L.E.O.'s are...who run into the face of danger while unappreciative jerks like him would be able to run for safety. If he was ever involved in a mass shooting situation near his classroom (Lord forbid), I think he might finally wise up.

LetGodSortItOut
LetGodSortItOut

I hope he is put in an ISIS fire cage.

KBChicago
KBChicago

Who will he call when a neighbor finally assaults him? The state of CA is led by crazy people who deserve what’s coming to them...chaos.

lynzee55
lynzee55

Why is this not a hate crime...or terroristic threat at the very least? Why would any institution dedicated to higher learning support such vitriol? where can we get answers?

5150
5150

“The basis for academic freedom is to make sure that the university is a place where unpopular and different views are heard,” Hexter said

Yea right. try speaking conservative views and see how fast they shut you down.

Jbkerner
Jbkerner

“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."

That may be, but you'll also have a society ruled by anarchy because laws will be meaningless, with no one to enforce them. I'm not worried for myself and my family (read into that what you will), but when the anarchists come for you or your family, who's going to protect YOU? Certainly not me!

MSK
MSK

I tried to post a comment three separate times in response to this story but all three times I went and erased what I had written. I just can’t bring myself to be as twisted and evil as this a-hole.

Usaf9000
Usaf9000

They are just as stupid as the legislators in Nebraska in the last story.

Scattered
Scattered

Disgusting display of evil and not a care for human life. Black on black they are killing each other right and left and you hear nothing about anybody trying to stop it and bring people together unless it's a white person or cop then there's hell to pay and everybody is outraged. Where is the outrage now? Why is nobody mad now that ya'll are killing each other?

Scattered
Scattered

I posted this for another story. The one where the man in the street started shooting down the sidewalk with a child not far from him. I apologize, it was jumping around on my phone

Scattered
Scattered

This is a hate speech and saying it's ok to kill cops and everybody is just fine with it? Because they welcome different views? Well here is my view. You said you are a fucking communist so you need to not only not teach but you need to be on the next plane out of our Country. Tonight. And if not and nobody has the balls to do it then this is a hate speech against cops and you should rot in jail. Cops everywhere, get this assholes address and DO NOT respond under any circumstances. You stand your ground, that you refused to help him because you feared for your safety. Now you communist POS may Karma be Swift and fucking brutal to you. I STAND WITH COPS EVERYWHERE!!!!

policeofficermom
policeofficermom

As a mother of 3 police officers... this asshole POS!!! That's not an opinion, that is a threat! I hope him or his family need a cop someday and pray they take their time getting there!! Shame on the university for not firing his propaganda ass! So if one off his students commits such a heinous crime may they both fry in the electric chair!!!! God bless our police!!

TransportAl
TransportAl

Does his Mommy know he said that? She needs to check his room in the basement for paraphernalia.

Inquirer63
Inquirer63

Interesting that this self-professed communist is so anti-police when the Communist states had/have some of the most brutal, effective, and murderous police agencies—especially the secret police, the Cheka, the NKVD, the KGB—in history. They wiped out about 20 million—not counting those they starved to death—in the Communist USSR alone!

I don’t see any “academic” nature to his comments, nothing at all, so I don’t know how academic freedom really comes into play here, except that UCD leadership says it does. His comments really are hate speech and also amount to incitement of homicide against law enforcement.

This guy should not be allowed to try to teach pigs to wallow, let alone teaching the youth of this nation to hate their homeland.

Concerned UCD alumni should halt all contributions to the university and alumni association until this despicable character’s relationship with the University is terminated, with prejudice.

RPG156
RPG156

Professor Pea-Brain.... you just made the "You are on your own" list.... Dickhead.

RPG156
RPG156

You know, you can delete your comment if you posted it in error. Its the (...) next to "Mention" under your post.

bob95648
bob95648

So if someone were to knock Mr. Clover off his bicycle and steal his I Phone, there's a good chance he won't report it to police. Hahaha.

Smaugmik
Smaugmik

I advocate that all employees and staff at UC Davis be killed. Tit for Tat. Fμ©k that guy.

Oldvlc
Oldvlc

Open season on this guy's house and life. Criminals you just read he doesn't need police around.

hadituptohereandmore
hadituptohereandmore

Wow - imagine if a cop said that about professors? Hmm...

Terminaters168
Terminaters168

I’m with you they can call their crack dealer when they need help

Chuckiesy
Chuckiesy

Another liberal m**** r who thinks he's cute. Kill that sob. M*** r

NickyJ
NickyJ

How would this moron feel if a shout out was all professors should be killed for brain washing our children. The first person he would call would be the police. This man has no moral compass. Typical Liberal