Campus Police Departments Struggle with Issues of Race

Peter Schmidt, Chronicle of Higher Education, December 28, 2014

The head of the University of Pennsylvania’s police union was not pleased to hear how Amy Gutmann had ended up lying on the floor this month at her own holiday party.

Ms. Gutmann, the university’s president, had lowered herself onto her back to show solidarity with student demonstrators who staged a “die in” at her party as part of a national wave of protests over the killing of unarmed black men by police officers. The high-minded rationale for her action was exactly what inspired Eric J. Rohrback, the president of the Penn Police Association, to regard it as a faux pas.

In a letter published by The Daily Pennsylvanian, the student newspaper, Mr. Rohrback said Ms. Gutmann had delivered “a slap in the face to every person that wears this uniform and serves this university.” His letter accused the protesters of ignoring how the grand jury examining the shooting of Michael Brown of Ferguson, Mo., had “fully exonerated the officer.”

The tensions that have surfaced at Penn are similar to those found at many American colleges at a time of heightened attention to how the police treat members of minority groups. {snip}

Vassar College, in Poughkeepsie, N.Y., was accused last year of racial profiling after campus security officers confronted two black women enrolled there for using their dormitory laundromat, and called the town police on a group of local black children and teenagers who had been noisy in the library. Catharine B. Hill, Vassar’s president, in August announced that the college had taken several steps to deal with the problem, such as amending its antidiscrimination policies to explicitly prohibit racial profiling and hiring a consulting firm to assist in a review of campus security practices.

As reported in The Chronicle of Winston-Salem, N.C., students at Wake Forest University held a town-hall meeting last month to discuss black students’ perceptions that the campus police ask them for their identification far more than they ask other students, and give disproportionate scrutiny to parties held by black fraternities and sororities. Regina Lawson, the university’s police chief, told the audience that her department had established a new bias-reporting system and plans to train its officers to avoid unconscious discrimination.

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In his letter criticizing Ms. Gutmann’s participation in the “die in” protest, Mr. Rohrback, the police union president, said, “As a supervisor of law-enforcement employees, she should at the very least remain neutral and not give in to mob mentality.”

Instead of trying to rebut him, the university’s administration scrambled to mend relations with its police officers. Maureen Rush, vice president for public safety, said in a letter to the campus police department that was also published in The Daily Pennsylvanian that Ms. Gutmann had merely responded “instinctively” to the protesters and “is 110 percent supportive of each and every member of our police department, and law enforcement in general.”

At the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities, administrators have stood behind the university police department in a much more concrete and controversial way, refusing demands from black faculty, staff, and student organizations that the campus police stop routinely publishing the race of suspects in campus crime alerts.

In a letter sent to Eric W. Kaler, the university’s president, a year ago, the campus’s Black Faculty and Staff Association had joined the departments of African-American and African studies and other groups in protesting what they described as a surge in campus crime alerts that described suspects as black men.

Saying the alerts had led to a rise in racial profiling on and around the campus, they called for the university to either remove the suspects’ race from crime alerts or give a written justification for providing such information. They argued that “efforts to reduce crime should never be at the expense of our black men.”

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  • eldoradocreekskipper

    “Maureen Rush, vice president for public safety, said in a letter to the campus police department that was also published in The Daily Pennsylvanian that Ms. Gutmann had merely responded “instinctively” to the protesters and “is 110 percent supportive of each and every member of our police department, and law enforcement in general.””

    The sleazy scum cannot have it both ways. What weasels!

    • DaveMed

      This is not always the case when it comes to bleeding-heart nonsense, but in my school, the students who participated in the “die-in” were definitely not the brightest bulbs in the lamp.

    • Sick of it

      Expect nothing less from the Gutmanns and Rushes of the world.

      • mael

        I agree. They are the only ones who can spell ” provocateur”, and are behind the scenes of all the protests.

  • superlloyd

    “efforts to reduce crime should never be at the expense of our black men.”
    In other words, carte blanche for the negro to follow his criminal proclivities.

    • Weisheit77

      Even if said blacks are committing the crimes.

      This is quite interesting as I’ve never seen the request for censoring regarding race in the news come directly from a black organization. I’ll be quoting this one for some time.

  • DaveMed

    … the campus’s Black Faculty and Staff Association had joined the departments of African-American and African studies and other groups in protesting what they described as a surge in campus crime alerts that described suspects as black men.

    Saying the alerts had led to a rise in racial profiling on and around the campus, they called for the university to either remove the suspects’ race from crime alerts or give a written justification for providing such information. They argued that “efforts to reduce crime should never be at the expense of our black men.”

    _______________________________________________________________________

    Right. For example, just describe the perp as “a tall young fellow who was wearing a yellow baseball cap and baggy jeans.” Not like he can just take those off later, right?

    Are the professional victims so confident that self-loathing Whites will bow to their wishes that they are now making demands as unreasonable as this one? Skin color is an incredibly important descriptor, as it slices the number of suspects into a fraction of the original number.

    Race may be the highest yielding tip regarding a suspect.

    • Slayer88

      The victim stated all she could see remember of her attacker were the whites of his eyes and his teeth..

    • Paleoconn

      More so than sex even. I mean I know I have mistaken men for women and vice versa, but never black for White or asian. This Gutmann should have her calls for police assistance ring endlessly, if she chooses to side with the criminals.

  • dd121

    I just hope all this official mistreatment of cops by elected or appointed officials starts the radicalization (in our favor) of police forces. It may not be long before we need them.

    • Sick of it

      That would certainly be a miracle.

  • Ludwig

    If only they could try to do something that would benefit society and stage a “Die Out”.

  • Frank_DeScushin

    As always, blacks are not upset at the black criminals for causing so many crime alerts, they’re upset at others for noticing the criminals are black. Always concerned about the blowback from black crime that never happens. Never concerned about innocent people being mugged, harassed, or attacked by black criminals which often happens. Selfish people.

    • Americaandthewestshouldbewhite

      They always were.

    • Nonhumans

      Steve Sailers “War on Noticing”.

  • Americaandthewestshouldbewhite

    I wonder before schools and colleges were integrated if the campus administration had these kids of issues to deal with. Can anyone tell me??

    • Hubbub

      No, these kinds of issues were not of concern in public schools and on college campuses. Only following the Civil Rights legislation of the 1960s did these problems become a ‘feature’ of educational institutions. Nor were they unanticipated by clear thinkers who recognized that throwing disparate peoples together would achieve nothing but disparate results – disparate impact, you might say. Fifty years later and, year after year, the results are the same – disparate, and, year after year, we keep following the same insane policies, knowing that the results will be the same year after year. And the same old forces of change keep rolling in the money and laughing under their breath at the same old fools falling for the same old rhetoric.

  • Samuel_Morton

    I really hope that these voices of dissent from the likes of Mr. Rohrback and the NYPD are cracks in the dam of Cultural Marxism’s strangle-hold on reality. How absurd is it that distinguished academics are feeding into a completely false narrative like die-ins and hands-up don’t shoot? The Ferguson Grand Jury documents are right there for anyone to read. And here is Amy Gutmann, a distinguished political theorist who taught at Princeton and is now a university president, pretending that Mike Brown was shot in cold blood.

    Maybe the fact that her father fled Nazi Germany is causing some epigenetic hysteria, or something.

    When regular-Joe’s in a society can see reality much clearer than the academic elite, then that society is on the brink of collapse.

    • Vyncennt

      “When regular-Joe’s in a society can see reality much clearer than the academic elite, then that society is on the brink of collapse.”

      Our standards for the “academic elite” have been brutally diminished these past few decades. Those graduating at the top of their classes from our most prestigious universities can neither generate an eloquent sentence nor form a fully coherent thought when contrasted directly with the writings of our founding fathers.

      Men 200 years dead have somehow surpassed our current generation with ease. It’s nothing less than shameful.

  • libertarian1234

    There’s so much nonsense complaining in this article the whole thing has to be written off as just plain absurd.

    And these Gutmann types within academia need to be purged, because they’re so nutty.

    I wonder if she had anything to do with covering up the crimes of the child molester, Sandusky, who was with the coaching staff.

    • ThatWhiteGuy

      Different school- this is the Ivy League university, not Penn State. Either way though, she is nuts.

    • ejXinMI

      Regardless of school affiliation, communists/socialists have an incredible ability to rationalize anything– including pedophilia, necrophilia, bestiality, and homosexuality… it’s a long list.

      • gemjunior

        Yup, as long as the married couple aren’t a man and woman. Worse, a man and woman with children that came out of the woman’s body as a result of the man she is married to. What is even more horrible to them is the disgusting sight of the whole gang of them living in one house together for their whole lives and going to church together as a family. Horrible. Simply outrageous – just not enriched or diverse. Where are the wonderful gays and lesbians and pedophiles?

    • DD-762

      Just for the heck of it, I checked out Amy on Wikipedia. Guess what? You’re right…Tribe.

      • Sick of it

        The name makes it obvious.

        • Kenner

          Usually, but Fox’s Greg Gutman isn’t Jewish.

          • mobilebay

            Kenner; Greg’s last name is Gutfeld and you’re correct. He isn’t Jewish.

  • disqus_Xz3UA6obwj

    Everybody complains about police conduct when the real problem is black conduct. We could only wish that blacks treated people as well as the police do.

  • TheCogitator

    Saying the alerts had led to a rise in racial profiling on and around the campus, they called for the university to either remove the suspects’ race from crime alerts or give a written justification for providing such information. They argued that “efforts to reduce crime should never be at the expense of our black men.”

    While claiming that so many co-eds are raped, they want to withhold the mention of race in alerts. Race and sex are among the most important attributes to be disclosed when trying to warn people of potential criminal threats. Saying what color shirt a criminal suspect was wearing is nearly useless. Don’t they realize people can change clothes? When black men quit their criminal ways, they will no longer be mentioned in crime alerts. But given their makeup, that will never happen.

  • RacialRay

    My favorite reality show on cable TV is “County’s Most Wanted”. They do not mince words when asking for the public’s help in ID’ing criminals. Race, age, gender, gang tattoos, and, as often as possible, mugshots and/or surveillance video. Nothing at all left to the imagination.

    Makes a real difference when you want to catch the perps.

  • Brakedust

    Gutmann is instinctively leftist, anti-police and most likely anti European White Christian. Yet her fellow traveleres and tribespersons were welcomed here with open arms if not open hearts when they sought refuge. She now sides with those like Tim Wise and Mikey Weinstein who seek to destroy America through multiculuralism and diversity.

    • gemjunior

      They can’t help it. Their nature is to destroy.

  • Yves Vannes

    Blacks belong on a real university campus the way anchovies belong on vanilla bean ice cream.

  • A Freespeechzone

    Sometimes you just have to call a ‘spade a spade’ if it fits.

    Hopefully some angry negro will go after this Gutmann woman and she can ‘experience’ diversity at its most violent.

    Know what, she would probably feel she ‘deserved’ the violence because of her White Privilege.

    Stupid liberal….

  • KenelmDigby

    Any bloody idiot can get into university these days – or even, it seems, become ‘head’ of a university.
    I really must say, that the state of affairs that persisted prior to 1900 in which universities were only for the elite, for gentlemen, the training ground for clergymen, real scholars, and leaders, was a superior concept to the horrible Walmart type situation we have now.
    Mass access to university is not progress it is regress.

  • Jesse_from_Sweden

    In a letter sent to Eric W. Kaler, the university’s president, a year
    ago, the campus’s Black Faculty and Staff Association had joined the
    departments of African-American and African studies and other groups in
    protesting what they described as a surge in campus crime alerts that
    described suspects as black men.

    Strange thing. They protest a surge in campus crime alerts describing suspects as black men.
    They protest a surge in alerts describing suspects.
    They don’t protest a surge of crime involving black suspects.

    Only the fact that the campus crime alerts inform people about it.

    They argued that “efforts to reduce crime should never be at the
    expense of our black men.”

    No, it is better that crime continues rather than anyone daring to point out the reality of who commits it.
    Leave the poor black criminals alone. They’re not hurting anyone, they’re good kids.
    Well, they are hurting various crime victims, but they don’t really count.
    Protecting victims is less important than making sure it doesn’t come at the expense of black men.

  • Realist

    Whites allow this crap then whine about it.

  • drattastic

    Those who keep bending over backwards for these radicalized petulant children will soon find their heads up their own arses , obviously liberals like the smell.

  • jayvbellis

    Let’s do what the SPLC does:

    Photograph Antifa, Marxists protesters who defame honest police officers.

    Make detailed local lists of Reds, subversives, try to get cultural Marxists like the President of the University of Pennsylvania fired. Document their shamelessly rich salaries, posh mansions. Put the word out to local non White criminals that they are free to rob the mansions as the cops won’t protect the property of filthy rich, anti police protesters.

  • Caucasoid88

    If the media appropriately included race into every violent news story since the 1960s, we would be a much saner society.

  • jayvbellis

    This lying, hateful, anti White, anti police U of Penn President Amy Guttmann (tribe) gets compensated over $2 million a year!

    http://www.thedp.com/article/2013/08/gutmann-compensation

  • Weisheit77

    As a lowly University of Delaware grad right next door to Philly, I thank you for commenting.