Vote To Disarm UC Davis Campus Police Fails By Single Vote

The authors of the resolution plan to present the legislation to the student senate again in the near future.

Davis, CA – The Associated Students of the University of California Davis (ASUCD) Senate has opted not to urge university administrators to disarm campus police officers, but only by a slim margin.

SR #10, authored by seventh-year sociology Ph.D. candidate Blu Buchanan and the Ethnic and Cultural Affairs Commission, aimed to disarm UCD campus police for the “betterment” and safety everyone on campus – especially students of color, LGBTQ students, and those with disabilities, The California Aggie reported.

“University police officers frequently do violence to people of color, folks with disabilities and queer and trans folks on our campuses,” Buchanan declared. “We really tried to hone in on…a particular way that we could make our campuses safer.”

Buchanan claimed that students are fearful of armed police, and alleged that officers discriminate against protected groups all the time.

Cody Bynes, a fourth-year political science student and U.S. Marine Corps veteran, denounced the proposal during the ASUCD meeting on April 11.

“Disarming the police is disarming the means to protect students in a worst-case scenario,” Bynes said, according to The California Aggie. “If we take away the police’s means to defend students and also defend themselves, why is that productive?”

“I don’t speak up about much, but when it comes to safety, I feel particularly passionate,” said Bynes, who took a day off of work to attend the over three-hour debate.

“It’s just always been in my nature, especially from being able to see it firsthand in the military, but this really just struck a nerve," he said.

But Buchanan argued that campus police officers should also be disarmed in order to stop them from participating in the 1033 program, which would allow them to receive excess military equipment and supplies from the U.S. Department of Defense.

He alleged that officers who receive the surplus military supplies then perceive community members and university students as enemy combatants.

UC Davis Police Chief Joseph Farrow said that his department has no intention of participating in the 1033 program.

“We don’t have any military stuff from [the government], we aren’t going to do that,” Chief Farrow said. “In fact, if you look at our department, we’re trying to minimize that type [of weaponry].”

The resolution ultimately failed to pass in a 6-to-5 vote, but several senators noted that they only disagreed with the wording, not with recommending disarming the police force.

The resolution’s authors said they will rewrite the measure and resubmit it for the student senate’s consideration.

“When you start talking about disarming police departments, that’s a big deal. That’s a really, really big deal, because basically what you’d be doing is disbanding a police department,” Chief Farrow cautioned. “We wouldn’t be police officers anymore — I guess we’d be…security guards. That changes the level of your protection.”

It wasn’t the first time UC Davis’ campus police force came under attack by members of the university community.

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

Comments (20)
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PADDYWAGON
PADDYWAGON

.....Clover deserves to be planted subterraneanly in a field of green.

Daughter
Daughter

What’s the point of having them if you are going to dis arm them. That’s a BIG MISTAKE

JBo
JBo

Get rid of the campus police department all together and when you need help...call a student council meeting, debate the issues, argue the options, vote on the issues, make a recommendation to somebody and check in 12 months to make sure that help came. Presto! Problem solved!

merlin9
merlin9

If I were the Director/Administrator of the Campus Police, I'd stage a walk-out, and let those who want to disarm them, provide their own security.

LEO0301
LEO0301

Many times officers who decide to work for a college are there for a free education. Once they get their degree, they flee for a place where you don't have to deal with spoiled children and idiotic professors.

HFD120
HFD120

Didn't the self avowed Communist professor Clover ever read what Hitler did to take over. For all the absolute bull shit that has come out of UC Davis it is too bad the whole campus can't be eliminated. 7 year doctoral candidate. So probably 25 years old and has never been out in the real world. Go ahead and eliminate the campus PD and hire a security company....see how safe the campus is then. Drugs, violence will flourish and the campus will self destruct.

Gramercy
Gramercy

Ya know what? That vote was too close. If I were the Campus Police...I would disband...let the campus, students, area "fend for themselves." If you KNOW they do not care for your safety, why would you offer up YOUR LIFE to care for theirs?

Stanracer
Stanracer

This Clover guy is a total nutjob. And a dangerous one.

javaguy
javaguy

“University police officers frequently do violence to people of color, folks with disabilities and queer and trans folks on our campuses,” Buchanan declared. “We really tried to hone in on…a particular way that we could make our campuses safer.”

Maybe you should start with these brats and I would bet your campus would be a lot safer.

Old Hawg
Old Hawg

Some students at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore held a sit-in to protest the establishment of a campus police department. The Hopkins campus is nestled squarely in the middle of one of the worst neighborhoods in that squalid city, where crime is rife and JHU students are not infrequently the victims. The sit-in lasted for a month and when university officials finally tired of the disruption, the offices were cleared by city police recently and those who refused to leave were arrested. however, City State's Attorney Marylyn Mosby immediately announced that those arrested would not be prosecuted. As far as I'm concerned, those people and the students at Davis deserve the appellation of "educated idiots" who have lots of education but not a bit of "just plain common horse sense'.

ForestJohn
ForestJohn

Can you imagine the quality of the officer this liberal crap hole would attract if they were required to work unarmed? What a joke our higher education dolt instructors and administrators have become..especially in California..

magnumforc
magnumforc

Let nature run its course and they will destroy themselves from within. Step back and let them and then see who screams we were not there to protect their sorry arses. Ultra liberals.

retiredcop
retiredcop

"University police officers frequently do violence to people of color, folks with disabilities and queer and trans folks on our campuses,” ...He alleged that officers who receive the surplus military supplies then perceive community members and university students as enemy combatants." This from a doctoral candidate. It used to be that students had to use citation from other people's research or conduct their own research and have it peer reviewed for accuracy. I guess that standard no longer exists given the sweepingly incorrect statements he made.

UnicornPrincess
UnicornPrincess

Let them fend for themselves. Issue over.

HAWAIIBLUE
HAWAIIBLUE

Be careful what you wish for. Just as we read these stories, so do the sick twisted people who are planning to carry out these mass murder incidents. As soon as the news reports “Campus police disarmed” wherever it may be, guess where the next target could be? Fucking idiots. Sorry to say but the bigger you make the issue and blast it over social media, the more chance of something happening increases. Like I said be careful what you wish for because your college life on campus, thinking you know everything because it’s your first time away from mommy and daddy with your new found “independent free speech freedom” that you think you you’re so smart just because you wash your own clothes and go to class whenever you want now attitude, will get you no where in real life. Your college life is a temporary fairytale experience. Just go to class, shit your mouths and become a contributing member of society. Never mind saying shit about issues that might get you, your fellow college members or future college students hurt. What you blab about now, in your uneducated self in the issue will affect you for a few years but will impact the school for a longer time.

THEDUKE
THEDUKE

"........for the “betterment” and safety everyone on campus – especially students of color, LGBTQ students, and those with disabilities"

How terribly naive these ignorant Ewoks tend to be as this is just not the real world. They see Campus Police as an enemy as this is what their mindless lemming minds collectively think and they tend to live in the insulated world of HS and now college campus......yet they cannot think two steps ahead if there is a campus shooter???? Good luck with that Cumbayah kids. Stock up with plenty of Kleenex and candles.

Benji 4
Benji 4

Clover needs to go away. He should leave the US and go live in a place where there is no law enforcement protection and see how well it works for him..