UC Davis English Department Demands Disbanding of Campus Police

The English Department of the University of California at Davis has posted a statement on their webpage that not only calls for the resignation of Chancellor Linda P.B. Katehi. The department also demands nothing less than the dissolution of the campus police in response to Lt. John Pike pepper-spraying student protesters at point-blank range:

The faculty of the UC Davis English Department supports the Board of the Davis Faculty Association in calling for Chancellor Katehi’s immediate resignation and for “a policy that will end the practice of forcibly removing non-violent student, faculty, staff, and community protesters by police on the UC Davis campus.” Further, given the demonstrable threat posed by the University of California Police Department and other law enforcement agencies to the safety of students, faculty, staff, and community members on our campus and others in the UC system, we propose that such a policy include the disbanding of the UCPD and the institution of an ordinance against the presence of police forces on the UC Davis campus, unless their presence is specifically requested by a member of the campus community. This will initiate a genuinely collective effort to determine how best to ensure the health and safety of the campus community at UC Davis.

On Saturday, students staged a silent protest in which they sat with arms locked and stared at the chancellor while she walked from her office to a waiting car.

English professor Nathan Brown has also written an open letter to Katehi demanding her resignation:

There must be space for protest and dissent, especially, when the object of protest and dissent is police brutality itself. You may not order police to forcefully disperse student protesters peacefully protesting police brutality. You may not do so. It is not an option available to you as the Chancellor of a UC campus. That is why I am calling for your immediate resignation.

Your words express concern for the safety of our students. Your actions express no concern whatsoever for the safety of our students. I deduce from this discrepancy that you are not, in fact, concerned about the safety of our students. Your actions directly threaten the safety of our students. ….

I call for your resignation because you are unfit to do your job. You are unfit to ensure the safety of students at UC Davis. In fact: you are the primary threat to the safety of students at UC Davis. As such, I call upon you to resign immediately.

Katehi had ordered police on campus. At a town hall meeting attended by some 1,000 students on Tuesday night, she said that she had “directed the chief of police that violence should be avoided at all costs.”

But is she not saying too little and too, too late?


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Sarah Metcalf
Sarah M.4 years ago

heck yeah! disband them.

K s Goh
KS Goh5 years ago

Thanks for the article.

Ernest R.
Ernest R.5 years ago

There is a rule in that precious US constitution against cruel or unusual punishment. The police now have two instruments of torture that they use publically. What are they punishing people for ? Listen up, Justice Scalia. They are increasingly punishing/torturing people for failing to comply with orders quickly enough. That is not only unconstitutional, it is criminal, cowardly and disgusting.

Steven Brewer
Steven Brewer5 years ago

Michael C
I think you are right, with Mike C it is the same tired old BS (well consider the source...lol) that I have to school him on in every one of his posts... A tariff on every product that used to proudly wear the "made in America" tag no matter what country it comes from. Not sure if Obama could make such a move by Presidential directive, executive order or executive proclamation. If he could not use those avenues he would have a hard time getting it past the Party of NO in the House or the Fillibuster Party in the senate, they are too beholding to their corporate overlords from the dark side of ALEC.

Michael C.
Michael C.5 years ago

Steven B, Good luck on getting your point across to this Mike C character, some people are just wired wrong, driving by greed.

I personally believe that if Obummer really wanted to bring back jobs to America, we could slap a hefty tax on products shipped from overseas, especially for those "Americans" that chose to do business offshore. The problem with that is, we should have done it years ago, something about closing the barn only after the horse has gotten out.

To do so today would only heighten the already existing tension between China and the US.

Steven Brewer
Steven Brewer5 years ago

Mike C
President Bush came in the Dow Jones was at 11,497.10 by 2003 it was at 7591.93 a loss of 3905.00 or 33% of the maket's value. His laissez faire style of governance allowed the investment banks to go wild with the derivatives markets which caused an artifical housing bubble pushing the Dow back up to 13390.01. When the artificial housing bubble inevitably burst bringing down the shaky derivative markets starting in 2007 it also broght the Dow down to 7062.93 by the time the dust cleared. The loss to the Dow of 6867.17 was 49.29% of the Dow. How much of a dollar hit was taken by the 401Ks and individual retirement accounts during the Bush regime sparky? Under Obama the Dow came back up to 12810.54 a gain of 5747.51 or 44.8% of the Dow and that was accomplished without the help of the Party of No in Congress, the too big to fail banks who were bailed out by the American tax-payer but never eased credit for small business like they promised they would and without the help of corporate America who has hid profits in shell companies overseas or in Cayman Island banks or other like locales. Mighty patriotic actions by the Three Amigos wouldn't you say??? Only an idiot would prefer Bush's governance vs Obama's governance...idiot.

Dow figures from:

Steven Brewer
Steven Brewer5 years ago

Mike C
You pushing the gold that Beck sold you...LMAO

Steven Brewer
Steven Brewer5 years ago

John K
You get a D for dumb as rocks.

Michael C.
Michael C.5 years ago

Mike C, I forgot to mention, I do know China, and people who think that they are using the Chinese people. At the end of the day, who do you think that will be hanging from a tree.

My suggestion, Learn Putonghua, quite common in Mainland China, but you should stick with Mandarin, after all, it is the Official Language of China.

If you decide to open a sweat shop in Korea, start to learn Gyeongsang it is preferred by the military because it has a tendency to sound abrupt and masculine. It might help your self image.

You probably enjoy the "on the Road" series with Bing Crosby and Bob Hope, its a man thing, I am sure that you will with time, get it.

Michael C.
Michael C.5 years ago

Mike C, Your reply sounds very much like that of Cathy Lee Gifford, she also denied slave labour in her Chinese sweat shops.

While I really enjoys my Mac Book Pros, I must cite the case of Apple. They were surprised when many of their employees began to commit suicide, all due to their sweat shop conditions. Workers were forced to live, eat and sleep in the same building, day after day. I am pleased to say,they are, as of date, making some improvements in that area.

Over the years, I have heard many like you who chose to deny that you treat Chinese workers like dogs, actually I treat my dog better than most of you treat those who work to make you rich. Remember, denial is not a river in Egypt.

When a company chooses to flee to China and then cites that it was the only way to continue to produce their "product", such a statement causes me to wonder. What is the true value of their said, "product"?

You chose to state that the Chinese can live on 20% of what it takes an American. The question is, would you live in the conditions that they are forced to.

You state that you pay time and half over 40 hours, now that is a near first.
But lets have a look at the numbers, on average a worker in a rural/urban location, grosses about 4,020 yuans per month. A worker in the urban grosses 7,200 yuans per month but those are State numbers.