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Students Demand Cops Be Removed From All Campuses, Want Policing Abolished Everywhere

San Diego, CA – The Cops Off Campus Coalition (COCC) organized a nationwide protest on May 3 to demand police be kicked off school campuses but it wasn’t very successful.

The event, named the “National Day of Refusal,” seemed to find success only in California where students skipped classes and protested on multiple campuses in various major cities.

COCC circulated a petition ahead of the protest that asked students and faculty to pledge to be absent “from work, class, teaching, and more” on May 3, Campus Reform reported.

Signers of the petition promised they were “canceling/refusing to attend synchronous classes, refusing to watch asynchronous lectures, refusing to engage in any form of university-based labor (including email response), refusing to prepare materials (such as a class recording) for later asynchronous use, protecting students, colleagues, and workers from retaliation, and more.”

“As a member of a campus community, I am horrified that—amidst a global pandemic, relentless state and vigilante violence against Black, brown, and Indigenous people, and national calls for abolition—schools across North America have committed to increasing police budgets,” signers pledged. “College police forces are increasingly militarized, and I support the nationwide call to demand cops off our campus to make our university truly safe and free for all, and I will not cross the picket line.”

The petition demanded the removal of all police from all school campuses, public or private, from Kindergarten through college.

COCC also demanded “the land back” and investments in community safety and education, according to the petition.

The group took their purpose even further and demanded “an end to policing everywhere” buried in the fourth paragraph of the petition.

The protest met with some success on larger California campuses.

Students did sit-ins to block other students and faculty from traversing paths across California college campuses and set up projectors to continue their message after actual protesters had gone home.

Cities where protests did not materialize also set up projectors to make it looks as if a demonstration had actually occurred.

On some campus, students have scheduled a variety of protests throughout the month of May.

Written by
Sandy Malone

Managing Editor - Twitter/@SandyMalone_ - Prior to joining The Police Tribune, Sandy wrote the Politics.Net column for the Wall Street Journal and was managing editor of Campaigns & Elections magazine. More recently, she was an internationally-syndicated columnist for Conde Nast (BRIDES), The Huffington Post, and Monsters and Critics. Sandy is married to a retired police captain and former SWAT commander.

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