Portland State U wants Campus Police Disarmed.
Never mind how stupid this sounds. Never mind how much students today are afraid of mass shooters. Portland State U students have decided they want their campus police disarmed.
Portland State University students rallied at a Thursday board meeting, calling for campus police officers to be disarmed.
“Police with guns are ticking time bomb,” said Olivia Pace, one of the students who spoke in front of the Portland State University Board of Trustees.
Students in favor of disarming campus police held signs and spoke at the board meeting. They said they believe it has taken far too long for university leadership to take action…
At Thursday’s board meeting, multiple students spoke directly to trustees, voicing their frustration with the lack of decision making on the issue.
“We feel like the longer the university pushes this off to more and more committees and more and more third parties, the issue will kind of just dissolve,” said Pace.
Earlier this year a report, commissioned by the university, found that more than half of students and faculty supported disarming campus officers. That same report also recommended keeping campus police armed.
A press release from PSU said the board did not make any decisions on whether to disarm campus officers. PSU’s Interim President, Stephen Percy, said he will take time this summer to review campus safety and make recommendations to board members in the fall.
This idea has come around before in various colleges around the country. Students somehow think they will be safer if police are unarmed.
Last year PSU officers shot and killed Jason Washington – who was a legal gun carrier that happened to drop his weapon as he was trying to break up a fight. Police shot him as he was picking up his gun. It was a tragedy, for certain. But now, the students think any campus police officers are “dangerous” because they carry guns.
How many of these students worry about a mass shooter on campus? How many of them would be easily shot dead if their campus police were unarmed? Who would stop a shooter? They are valid questions, ones that the “social justice warrior” crowd ignores.