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Resolution Letter: Disarming Campus Police

Executive Officer Héctor L. Delgado wrote on behalf of the Society for the Study of Social Problems (SSSP) to address the dangers posed by armed police on our university and college campuses - especially with the killings of community members at UC Riverside and at Portland State University over the past few months, and to ask for support in the call to disarm campus police nationwide.

The danger posed by armed police on our campuses is best understood as a structural problem. It is, at its heart, a pattern of dangerous behavior facilitated by institutions and representative of the militarization and securitization of our communities and our workplaces. These social conditions, stoked by the current administration and other politicians, facilitated by the 1033 Program, and fed by reactionary responses by administrators within higher education pose an increasing risk to students, faculty, and workers. It is at this confluence of social forces that we need sociological analyses to help clarify exactly what the problem is, where it stems from, and how to address it. 

Click here to view the full letter.

Posted Thursday, 12/20/2018, 11:31 AM - Category: Member News