More insane news as a major university in Portland, Oregon will disarm their police department in the middle of 80+ days of violent protests and riots in the city.
That’s right, Portland State University Thursday announced that starting this fall its Campus Public Safety officers would begin conducting patrols without firearms.
The university said these unarmed campus patrols are the first step in an ongoing process to re-imagine campus safety.
PSU campus police officers two years ago shot and killed Jason Washington, a Black man, spurring criticism of armed safety officers from students and community members.
That criticism and pressure to disarm campus officers has only increased as demonstrations against police brutality started across the nation.
“Over the past few weeks we have listened to many voices across our campus,” PSU President Stephen Percy said in a statement. “The calls for change that we are hearing at PSU are ringing out across our nation. We must find a new way to protect the safety of our community, one that eliminates systemic racism and promotes the dignity of all who come to our urban campus.”
Campus Public Safety Chief Willie Halliburton made the decision for campus security officers to begin unarmed patrols, the university said.
“This is a historic event in the world of police work,” Halliburton said in a statement. “I understand it’s going to have its challenges, but it’s the right thing to do for Portland State. We will still protect our campus. We will still provide police services. We will have police officers available. We will have them here, but they will be unarmed.”
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