The blog Hypeline reported that some bedwetters in Cleveland freaked out over the police living in campus dorms during the Republican National Convention:
For college students at Case Western Reserve University, a dislike of cops takes precedence over education.
Case Western Reserve University will be closed for business next week. That’s because students can’t handle the presence of cops. Controversy started when the private university agreed to house police officers for the RNC convention. Article.
The convention has nothing to do with the students and the officers won’t be doing police work on campus, but the students claim “safety” is an issue. Students and their compatriots complained about the police presence through a Change.org petition.
In the petition, students decided that police are racist, homophobic and dangerous:
Whereas Case Western Reserve University leadership has stated that the University will allow 1,500 riot police to stay in student housing during the Republican National Convention;
We, the faculty, staff, employees, alumni, students, community members, and friends of Case Western Reserve University hereby petition the campus administration to ensure that:
1) Riot police store all weapons, equipment, and riot-control gear off campus;
2) Riot police refrain from entering University-owned buildings, with the exception of their assigned residence halls;
3) The University informs riot police that they do not have jurisdiction on campus and that they shall contact campus police in case of emergency;
4) Riot police refrain from using alcohol or other mind-altering substances for the duration of their stay;
5) Riot police expressly consent to abide by University conduct regulations including, but not limited to: anti-discrimination, sexual harassment, substance abuse, and weapons policies;
6) The University bans from campus any riot police officer that violates University conduct policies;
7) The University informs the campus community of the following details by July 1st:
· The residence halls to which the riot police will be assigned,
· The dates and times the riot police will be on campus, and
· The details of the campus security plan to protect the rights and safety of the campus community during the RNC;
8) The University offers alternative housing arrangements for students in University Summer Housing who request reassignment for the duration of the stay of the riot police;
9) The University provides a mechanism for the campus community to report incidences of riot police misconduct.
Some demands were within reason, but most were unrealistic. Even supporters of the petition appeared to doubt that the university would actually address their fear of police. Case Western Reserve did more than just address those fears.
University President Barbara Snyder apologized for agreeing to house police without asking students first.
Heat Street reported that “classes will likely be held off-campus. Faculty are not encouraged to come to their offices, and students on-campus will be assisted in finding alternate housing.”
Cleveland.com reported that the “university will offer counseling and support services and a ‘safe space’ for those who want to express their concerns about housing police on campus and the convention,” Cleveland.com reported.
Kingfish note: You can't make this up.