Professor on leave after being caught berating student who supports police, called cops ‘heroes’


CYPRESS, CA – We at Law Enforcement Today previously reported on a professor at Cypress College in California that had berated a student due to his support for police.

In an update to that story, it turns out that the adjunct professor has been placed on leave and the student who was subjected to the animus from his professor wants to convey a message to young conservatives on how to deal with such instances of hostility.

As we had previously reported, Cypress College student Braden Ellis was delivering a presentation pertaining to cancer culture during his communications class that was being held over Zoom.

During the Zoom classroom session, Ellis’ professor seemed to be particularly incensed over Ellis describing a general admiration for police and police work.

This professor’s attitude and demeanor was beyond the typical approach of when a professor may challenge a student’s stance on a particular topic; rather, this was more along the lines of a vitriolic tirade against supporting police.

After video surfaced of this Zoom classroom session, Cypress College wound up catching wind of the antics displayed by this adjunct professor – and without naming her – the college did place her on leave and noted she won’t be returning this fall:

“Cypress College takes great pride in fostering a learning environment for students where ideas and opinions are exchanged as a vital piece of the educational journey.”

“Our community fully embraces this culture; students often defend one another’s rights to express themselves freely, even when opinions differ. Any efforts to suppress free and respectful expression on our campus will not be tolerated.”

In the aftermath of this exchange between Ellis and his professor, the 19-year-old student spoke with Campus Reform and wanted to relay a message for young conservatives that may be more on the bashful side when defending their stances:

“Republicans like me…need to get smarter, tougher, and stronger, and fight back against this liberal agenda.”

“And do it with gentleness and respect. Don’t do it with the way they do it, because nothing makes a Democrat or a liberal more mad than when you give them facts with gentleness and respect, and you don’t raise your voice.”

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As mentioned earlier, we at Law Enforcement Today previously reported on this exchange between Ellis and his professor before any administrative action was taken.

Here’s that previous report.


CYPRESS, CA – A professor at Cypress College had recently berated one of her students during a Zoom classroom session for the student merely asserting that he believes police officers are “heroes”.

clip of the video has since gained traction online, attracting unfavorable attention to both the college and the professor who’d went on the tirade against the student.  

It was during a communications class held over Zoom that Cypress College student Braden Ellis delivered a presentation regarding “cancel culture” and how the entire movement is “so destructive and tearing our country apart.”

According to Ellis, during his presentation he had brought up how proponents of cancel culture tried to go after the children’s television show “Paw Patrol” after anti-police sentiments were at an all-time high back in June of 2020.

For those unfamiliar with the television show “Paw Patrol,” it’s simply a computer-animated show consisting of dogs that function as first responders – to include a police officer.

Ellis says that following his presentation, his communications professor afforded a 10-minute question and answer session for fellow students to respond to their peers’ presentations.

However, what played out was not a peer-to-peer Q&A, rather this professor decided to use that time to not simply challenge some of Ellis’ views – but outright scold him for daring to perceive officers as heroes.

The professor states the following:

“So, you brought up the police in your speech a few times. So, what is your main concern? Since, I mean, honestly … the issue is systemic. Because the whole reason we have police departments in the first place, where does it stem from?

What’s our history? Going back to what [another classmate] was talking about, what does it stem from? It stems from people in the south wanting to capture runaway slaves.”

For some strange reason, this college professor cited the myth that policing/law enforcement originates from runaway slave patrols from the south. 

This categorically false, as the practice of law enforcement (to include arresting offenders) has documentation going as far back as ancient Egypt’s “Judge Commandant of the Police” from the fourth dynasty period (2613 to 2494 BC). 

While “slave patrols” did exist in America, they were not the impetus of policing. 

This classmate that the professor referred to briefly chimed in on that note, saying:

“Maybe they shouldn’t be heroes. Maybe they don’t belong on a kid’s show.”

Ellis responded with:

“I disagree with what [my classmate] said … I think cops are heroes and they have to have a difficult job. But we have to…”

The professor immediately cuts Ellis off, interrupting with:

“All of them?”

Responding to the teacher’s rhetorical inquiry, Ellis says:

“I’d say a good majority of them. You have bad people in every business and every…”

This communications professor once again interrupts Ellis, proclaiming that there have been countless police officers that have “committed atrocious crimes,” for which they have never been held accountable for:

“A lot of police officers have committed atrocious crimes and have gotten away with it and have never been convicted of any of it. And I say [it] as a person that has family members who are police officers.”

Surprisingly, Ellis was able to maintain his composure and concede that there likely have been some instances where a police officer may have broken the law and was not held accountable, but reaffirmed that he still believes the majority of police officers are good people:

“Yes, I understand. This is what I believe … This is not popular to say, but I do support our police. And we have bad people, and the people that do bad things should be brought to justice, I agree with that.”

This professor then proclaims that police “haven’t” ever been brought to justice for any infraction upon the law, which is perhaps one of the most categorically false assertions one can make on this topic – and is also concerning that it’s coming from a college professor.

Anyone with access to a computer or a smartphone/tablet has access to Google, and a mere searching  of the words “police officer arrested” or “police officer convicted” will display results that show there have been many cases where police officers that broke the law were brought to justice.

The back and forth between the student and the incensed professor continued from there, with Ellis eventually asking his professor what she’d do if she ever needed to call the police in her time of need:

“They do protect us. Who do we call when we’re in trouble and someone has a knife or a gun?”

The professor stated that she “wouldn’t call the police,” which Ellis reasonably asked why she wouldn’t consider calling the police if she were in jeopardy, to which she responded with:

“I don’t trust them. My life’s in more danger in their [presence].”

The professor stood firm in the strange assertion that she would never “call anybody,” if she were in immediate danger.

Recently when Ellis spoke to The Daily Wire about this interaction he had with his communications professor, he stated the following about how he perceived the exchange:

“I was shocked to hear her comments about police, but I stood firm in my beliefs. We need to fight back against this liberal ideology spreading in our colleges and save America.”


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