NAACP chapter demands campus police chief be fired for ‘punching’ ‘innocent’ protester

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CHAPEL HILL, NC – The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill’s NAACP held a demonstration on Monday where protesters spoke out against the UNC Police Department following an altercation with demonstrators at the UNC Board of Trustees’ last meeting.

 

The group is demanding the campus’s acting police chief be fired for pushing students out of the closed meeting late last month. UNC Police Department Interim Chief Rahsheem Holland was appointed to the post following Chief David Perry’s resignation less than a week after the June 30 confrontation

Demonstrators came to the Board of Trustees meeting on June 30 in support of granting tenure to Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Nikole Hannah-Jones, who was initially denied tenure by the university because her anti-racism work was viewed as controversial.

As the meeting moved into a closed session, demonstrators were asked to leave during deliberations. UNC police had to forcefully remove a handful of demonstrators who did not initially comply with the request to leave.

Cellphone video shows officers, including Holland, having to physically push several protesters out of the room before closing the chamber doors.

Vice President of The Black Student Movement Julia Clark claimed she was punched in the face by Holland during the incident, which she said was so hard it knocked her face mask off and left a bruise.

The cellphone video did not show the alleged punch.

In a Twitter post following the incident, Clark included a photo of the alleged bruise. She wrote:

I never thought I would be here staring at a bruise on my face because a grown man punched me. This is my worst fear as a black woman.

“Officer Holland put his hands on me today and punched me hard enough that my mask flew off my face and a bruise is left on my cheek.”

The student organization has since called for Holland’s resignation.

Clark said she had a meeting with Chancellor Kevin Guskiewicz and Trustee Gene Davis about the altercation:

“These apologies and these statements that university officials give mean nothing to us because we have yet to see any action at all.

“We have presented our demands to them for more than two weeks and have not seen one action step being taken.”

Guskiewicz said he wants to maintain the public’s trust as it relates to community policing:

We know there are questions and concerns about officers’ actions during the June 30 Board of Trustees meeting, and I have directed Vice Chancellor of Institutional Integrity and Risk Management George Battle to coordinate an external review of officers’ body camera footage.”

The group’s list of demands included the dismissal of Holland from Campus Police, alerting students when white supremacists are on campus, more black mental health professionals at Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS), and a memorial for James Cates Jr. paid for by the University.

The weekend before Thanksgiving 1970, James Cates Jr. was killed during a large fight outside a dance at the Student Union. It was an all-night dance marathon meant to foster improved race relations.

The fight was between members of a Nazi-themed motorcycle gang called the Storm Troopers, well known in the area, and black dance attendees, many from Northside.

Cates was stabbed at least twice during the brawl and later died of his injuries.

Ten Chapel police officers responded to the fight. None of the Storm Troopers were arrested. Activists claim the officers did little to help Cates other than call an ambulance.

At Monday’s demonstration, UNC NAACP President Jarrah Faye said that students at the June 3 meeting were not informed the session would become closed door before police began pushing students out of the room:

“Instead of the police just kindly making a suggestion for [the protesters] to move outside, they were pushed and punched. I’m not surprised and I’m sure nobody else here is because they’re known for brutalizing students, and they’re known for specifically harassing black students.

“On south campus, where the majority of black and brown students reside, they always oversaturate their presence.”

The demonstration ended with a chant led by Faye:

“It is our duty to fight for our freedom. It is our duty to win. We must love each other and support each other. We have nothing to lose but our chains.”

UNC Police Department and Acting Chief Holland have not commented publicly on the incident or the demonstrations.

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Watch: College professor caught on camera attacking student for calling police ‘heroes’

April 30, 2021

 

 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”.

A 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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