- The Washington Times - Tuesday, January 26, 2016

The Black Student Union at the University of California, Irvine, has accused the campus police department of being complicit in anti-black violence, calling for “the dismantling of this institution’s presence in its entirety.”

A Change.org petition, which had garnered 180 signatures by Tuesday afternoon, called for the campus police department “and any additional paramilitary force presence on campus” to be completely abolished, Campus Reform reported.

“The problem is that policing as an institution is unethical; it accompanies anti-Black violence,” the BSU wrote. “The need to dismantle UCIPD and bar the occupation of any additional paramilitary force on campus does not stem from any spectacular event of violence: it stems from the anti-Black paradigm of policing.

“Police presence on campus is a manifestation of anti-Black aggression. This aggression produces the same psychic damage and racial terror that Black folks suffer from beyond the university,” the group continued. “The university purports to be a ‘safe’ space, a place for all students to excel academically — but instead, the university engages in a range of practices and policies that reaffirm the message that we, Black people, are America’s internal enemies. The police are emblematic of an endless array of dead Black bodies, the death of our loved ones, and of our communities.

“The university is an anti-Black institution, and as such, has failed to address Black suffering on its campus. In addition, the university does not adhere to Black student concerns which is evident in its pursuit to increase the police presence on campus regardless of instances of Black death and police violence. Therefore, our demand does not call for the reform of UCIPD, it calls for the dismantling of this institution’s presence in its entirety,” the group concluded.

The petition, addressed to UCI Chancellor Howard Gillman, was just shy of its goal of 200 signatures by press time.

One commenter, who identified herself as a lecturer at the university, said she “fully supports” the students’ demands, writing that the school has “a fiduciary duty to prioritize the well being of each of its students.”

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