Students at UC Davis have continued to campaign for the disarming of campus police officers in the aftermath of the death of local police officer Tara O’Sullivan, who died in the line of duty.
According to a report by The College Fix, students at UC Davis have refused to give up on their push to disarm campus police officers. Last week, Sacramento Police Officer Tara O’Sullivan was killed in the line of duty while responding to a call in North Sacramento.
It is with a broken heart that we have to share with all of you that earlier today we lost one of our own. While on a call for service in North Sacramento, Officer Tara O’Sullivan was shot and killed. She gave her young life while protecting our community pic.twitter.com/MXr7C4M5qJ
— Sacramento Police (@SacPolice) June 20, 2019
UC Davis Police Chief Joseph Farrow said in a comment that the student’s protest efforts have opened a dialogue about the important role that police force plays in their community. “As a police agency, we find ourselves oftentimes … in situations that are quite unusual and frightful. I believe a police department that is properly armed and trained is useful.”
“I can never support [disarming]. It’s just wrong,” Farrow added. “All you have to do is look across the street.” Farrow concluded that disarming the police is a “bridge too far.”
The UC Davis student government approved a resolution that calls on the campus police force to lay down their guns. “Despite not needing deadly weapons in the course of their job, nationwide campus police departments continue to utilize a culture of fear around school shootings to justify their increasing armory of military-grade hardware,” the student government resolution reads.
Breitbart News reported in January 2019 that 22-year-old UC Davis police officer Natalie Corona had been murdered in the line of duty. At the time, students argued that a memorial photo of Corona was offensive to the “Black Lives Matter” movement. In the photo, Corona was holding a “Blue Lives Matter” American flag.
“The flag has also been used by the alt-right, and is often seen side by side with the Confederate flag,” students said at the time. “blatantly anti-Black and disrespectful.”
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