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Activists Demand University Fire Campus Safety Director For Having Pro-Police Sticker

Santa Clara, CA – The Santa Clara University Multi-Cultural Center (SCUMCC) is demanding that university administrators fire the assistant director of the Campus Safety Services for displaying a “Blue Lives Matter” emblem in the background during a Zoom meeting.

The outrage over Santa Clara University (SCU) Campus Safety Services (CSS) Assistant Director John Thomas Loretto’s pro-police sticker erupted after he attended the university’s virtual diversity forum on Oct. 28.

According to the SCUMCC, Director Loretto “proudly displayed an obvious Blue Lives Matter sticker in the background of his Zoom image” during the forum.

“When students addressed the white supremacist icon, he unabashedly supported for the anti-Black symbol,” the Multi-Cultural Center tweeted.

“Only Margaret Russell, a Black law professor, reacted and ensured students there would be a response to his action,” the post read. “Not a single other administrator supported her.”

The SCUMCC demanded that the university fire Director Loretto over the incident and apologized for having “overestimated the ability of the invited administrators to create and maintain the safe space necessary for BIPOC students.”

The council further accused SCU administrators of helping to perpetuate racism.

“SCU has committed to being an ‘anti-racist institution’ and, from the actions demonstrated last night, this is clearly not the case,” the SCUMCC declared.

Three members of the SCU administration issued a statement to the campus community on Oct. 29, apologizing for Director Loretto’s pro-police emblem.

The administrators alleged that the postcard displayed on the bookshelf behind the assistant safety director “is widely considered to be an effort to undermine the Black Lives Matter movement and its universally important goals.”

“We deeply apologize for this incident and the hurt it has caused,” they wrote. “Last night’s incident has further damaged the trust and faith that we are working so hard to build.”

The SCU administrators assured the campus community that they “are deploy committed to racial justice and to healing the suffering caused by racism.”

The university’s CSS is in the midst of an “audit,” they noted.

“An audit of Campus Safety Services practices and procedures is underway and we are committed to ensuring the important role CSS plays in a way that is fair, safe and respectful,” the administrators wrote.

“Black Lives Matter,” they added, before signing off.

The Santa Clara University College Republicans (SCUCR) posted the university’s apology to Twitter and said it was “ashamed” of the administrators’ position on the matter.

“We are ashamed of the university for their response in this incident,” the SCUCR wrote. “It is regrettable that SCU is choosing to label supporters of police officers racists.”

The student group said it remains “firm in its support of our police officers and law enforcement.”

SCU labeled the incident a “personnel matter” and declined to comment further, The Blaze reported.

Written by
Holly Matkin

Holly is a former probation and parole officer who is married to a sheriff’s deputy. She is a regular contributor to Signature Montana magazine, and has written feature articles for Distinctly Montana magazine.

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