UNC students walk out of class to protest police behavior

Talk about your misplaced priorities:

Demonstrators gathered on the steps of Wilson at 1:30 p.m. for a demonstration against police brutality. Lindsay Ayling, a graduate student in the Department of History and an organizer of the event, explained why the protest was necessary. “Pretty much the entire year, police have been brutal to anti-racists while protecting white supremacists,” Ayling said.

Those who gathered began chanting, echoing shouts including, “Who do you serve? Who do you protect,” “Ain’t no power like the power of the people ‘cause the power of the people don’t stop” and “Cops and Klan go hand-in-hand.”

Bolding mine, because that goes to the core of this problem. While a handful of the anti-racists that have demonstrated may come from off-campus, the majority are students and teachers. On the other hand, the pro-Confederate folks hail from other counties, if not other states. There should be no question as to "who" the UNC Police should choose to protect when those two groups come together, the ones who are paying tuition to attend the school is the obvious answer. But apparently that (simple) choice is beyond their capacity to understand:

The event's organizers accuse the university of being tough on anti-racist protestors but soft on white supremacists. Some of the speakers pointed to a March incident in which members of a Confederate group came to campus, some of them armed, and police did not arrest them.

"I think that is an example of the police using, consciously using, their power to assist or not persecute hateful ideologies on this campus and in this nation," freshman De'Ivyion Drew said.

"Safety was not a concern to those law enforcement officers who shook hands with firearm-toting neo-Confederates only weeks ago, rather than arresting them, as required by law," doctoral student Courtland Gilliam said.

Understand, this armed white supremacist was well inside the campus boundaries, but he happened to be standing on a road that is maintained by the Town of Chapel Hill. He should have been taken into custody by UNC Police, or at least held until Chapel Hill officers could decide what to do with him. Instead, they just let him go, still in possession of a deadly firearm in proximity to hundreds of students.

After what happened at Parkland, that decision should be viewed as criminally negligent. Hell, after what happened at Virginia Tech twelve fricking years ago, it was negligent.

Back to the OP, with a hat-tip to the Daily Tarheel for giving us the context:

“This University was built off of the blood, sweat and tears of Black enslaved people, who were regarded as property instead of human beings,” Drew said. “The police system, otherwise known as ‘slave patrols’ at the time, was created to protect and serve the interest of property and the rights of owners over their property. To this day, a bronze statue honoring a person who has never existed is more worthy to protect and serve than human life and wellbeing of students in their home community.”

I second that emotion.

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