(Corine Gatti, Headline USA) A prominent university hosted a project spearheaded by their own professor to create “police-free futures” during a time when the school has been plagued by violence and sexual crimes on campus.
The Scholars for Black Lives collective first started #PoliceFreeCampus as a “national call to action for colleges and universities to divest from the institution of policing in exchange for improving campus and community safety through investing in humanizing resources and supports to address issues of harm and accountability,” the project’s website noted.
University of Michigan’s Assistant Professor Charles H.F. Davis III established the Campus Abolition Research Lab in 2020 with the goal of dismantling the “carceral university” and creating police-free futures. Through the lab’s #PoliceFreeCampus Podcast and campus events, they brainwashed students into becoming campus abolitionists.
Meanwhile, crime has skyrocketed across the campus.
The college witnessed two shootings and five sex crimes in the last couple of months. The first incident occurred on June 5, when a woman attacked a man with a knife and fired a gun inside a student dormitory. A man shot a member of a group during an argument just a block away from campus the following day.
In late May, a male suspect approached a female student and proceeded to grope her. He then exposed himself to multiple other female students on campus, the Washington Free Beacon reported. On July 7, two women were sexually assaulted in a campus dorm and robotics building.
The University of Michigan has not adopted the #PoliceFreeCampus initiative. They currently have their own armed security force in addition to working with the Ann Arbor Police Department. The University of Michigan distanced itself from its Campus Abolition Research Lab, telling the Washington Free Beacon that the lab “isn’t funded by the university.”