In the Daily Emerald, here:
… Our university leaders tell us what they — and we — can do about our feelings of outrage, which lie in “education, research, and leadership.” That is not true. University leaders have the power to begin correcting the decades-long momentum in our country toward becoming a police state.
They can institute substantive and independent civilian oversight with investigatory and disciplinary authority.
They can disarm the UOPD.
They can defund the UOPD, destroy its arsenal of semi-automatic “patrol rifles” with high-capacity magazines and reduce its personnel.
They can disband the UOPD, returning to an unarmed Department of Public Safety.
In the meantime, I will support my students in organizing, protesting and defying city curfews to make their anger heard. Like them, I am out of patience.
More on the UOPD’s bloated budget and scandals in the Public Safety tag below.