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U. of Cincinnati shooting puts spotlight on campus police

1 Aug 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

No Charges vs. 2 Officers at Scene of Traffic Stop Shooting.

When an Ohio prosecutor charged a campus police officer with murder in the death of a driver during a traffic stop, he offered a harsh judgment on University of Cincinnati police, saying the school should not be in the business of law enforcement at all. A white policeman who shot a black motorist after stopping him because he had a missing licence plate pleaded not guilty yesterday to murder and voluntary manslaughter. That statement and the circumstances of the shooting near campus have raised questions about college police departments, which often possess powers that extend beyond their schools’ boundaries. Social media sites were abuzz with outrage about the slaughter of Samuel Dubose, a father of 10 in Cincinnati, and Cecil the lion, a father of 12 cubs in Zimbabwe’s Hwange National Park.

The July 19 death of 43-year-old Samuel DuBose in Cincinnati, Ohio, came amid national scrutiny of police dealings with African Americans, especially those killed by police. They followed the tragic death of Sandra Bland in a Waller County, Texas, jail of an apparent suicide, after a policeman pulled her over for changing lanes without signaling.

His lawyer, Stewart Mathews, said that there were two sides to the case and the much-viewed body camera video of the stop could be interpreted differently from the prosecutor’s version. They took a familiar form: White people care more about lions than black people, people care more about black men than black women, people care more about wild animals than captive animals, people care more about killings than daily suffering from poverty, violence and hate, and so on. I’ve always been leery of the zero-sum mentality that suggests if you protest against one injustice that means you privilege it over another injustice.

Tensing initially said he was dragged by the car, was “almost run over” and was “forced to shoot” Dubose, according to an incident report filed by Officer Eric Weibel. Officer Tensing, who could face up to life in prison if convicted, has said he thought he was going to be dragged under the car and “feared for his life”, according to Mr Mathews. The faculty union fought the move, and its executive director said a shooting like the one in Ohio is what they feared. “I could very easily imagine someone getting pulled over, someone mouthing off and boom,” Frank Annunziato said. “It doesn’t surprise me, and it does sicken me.

I can tell you that.” The move toward campus police began in the 1960s, when student protests sometimes led to violent clashes with city police, according to Bill Taylor, president of the International Association of Campus Law Enforcement Administrators. Mr Mathews said a video from the body camera of a police officer who arrived right after the shooting shows Officer Tensing lying in the street, but that video hasn’t been released by authorities. “With the political climate in this country with white police officers shooting black individuals, I think they need somebody to make an example of,” he said.

In this latest episode of oppression Olympics, very little attention has been focused on the commonalities between the murders of Samuel and Cecil and the racist, humanist, colonialist structures that support white men killing black men, women and animals. In the 2011-2012 school year, more than 14,000 sworn police officers were working on campuses — a 10 percent increase in the number of full-time sworn personnel since the 2004-2005 school year, according to a survey by the U.S. Their official statements about what happened matched what was shown on Tensing’s body camera, and neither officer said in official interviews that he saw Tensing being dragged, according to Deters. Seventy-five percent of campuses used armed officers, up from 68 percent, and more than 80 percent of sworn officers were allowed to patrol or arrest people off campus. The family’s attorney, Mark O’Mara, said in email Friday that they are “still concerned with the initial rendition of facts given by the officers,” but he said the family respects the grand jury’s decision.

Officers in his department at San Jacinto College in the Houston area are a mix of experienced and retired municipal officers, along with some recently out of the academy. The executive director of the FOP Ohio Labor Council, a division of the Fraternal Order of Police of Ohio, said Friday that the union filed a grievance on Tensing’s behalf Wednesday to try to get him reinstated. The union said the university violated Tensing’s employment contract by not giving him a pre-disciplinary conference and a copy of the formal charges, executive director Catherine Brockman said. What kind of person takes another person’s life so cavalierly?” If it were no longer acceptable to treat animals as animals and violate and kill them, the animalization process that serves to justify structures of white male power would be weakened. Those hired must undergo background checks, polygraphs, home visits and psychological screening. “You need to have a knowledge of how to interact with students.

That did not kill the majestic creature, and Palmer and his local collaborators, tracked the lion, shot and killed him, skinned him and then beheaded him for a trophy. Last year, the California State University system, while not admitting fault, agreed to pay $2.5 million to the family of a student killed during a struggle with San Bernardino campus police. Rather than pointing fingers at each other about inadequate or disproportionate grief at the deaths of some and not others, social justice activists might instead work to develop what political theorist Claire Jean Kim calls as “ethics of avowal.” In contrast to disavowal, the act of rejection or dissociation that often leads to perpetuating patterns of social injury, she suggests that we recognize the ways that our struggles are linked and to be “open in a meaningful and sustained way to the suffering and claims of other subordinated groups, even or perhaps especially in the course of political battle.” We should empathize with the pain and indignities of others who are disempowered and avow, rather than belittle, their search for justice.

In North Dakota, the state Supreme Court ruled last month that a North Dakota State University officer did not have the authority to arrest a woman for drunken driving off campus. Historically, disregard for the lives and bodies of black people has been justified through a process of dehumanization that specifically compares them to animals. (Protesters of the Michael Brown killing in Ferguson, Missouri, and the Freddie Grey killing in Baltimore, Maryland, were directly referred to as animals.) In the current taxonomy of power, white and black women are also often animalized, for example, when exploited as pieces of meat.

Weakening that structure is one way to avow the lives of those who were wantonly killed and perhaps allow more just social relations to develop from our grief and anger.

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