Rutgers: Speak Up Against Police Brutality!
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In the wake of the deaths of Eric Garner, Michael Brown and Tamir Rice, an uproar has risen across the US over police brutality and the killing of unarmed black citizens. Rutgers University students and New Brunswick residents protested through the streets of New Brunswick as well as parts of campus for hours on December 5, shutting down the tree-lighting ceremony downtown and re-routing the university bus system, and closing off the main street of campus. The university, however, has yet to issue a statement regarding the protests, despite the fact that Eric Garner's murder occurred just a few miles away and Barry Deloatch was murdered here in New Brunswick just three years ago, an act that also resulted in a lack of indictment.
We ask that President Barchi and Mayor Cahill make statements to acknowledge the injustices occurring here in our own backyard BY EMAIL in order to inform its students of this important issue which affects everybody, offer condolences to the families who have lost loved ones due to racialized police brutality, and take steps to ensure the RUPD and NBPD are trained to handle situations as peacefully as possible, including sensitivity training, so that the people they have sworn to protect may feel safe.
A copy of this petition and a letter of requests will be sent to the President's Office, as well as Mayor Cahill's, RUPD Cheif Kenneth Cop, and NBPD Administrative Commander Capt. William Milligan.