The university’s ‘support’ for law enforcement runs hypocritical and short-sighted

After reading the opinion column above, I sent the following to UC Davis Chancellor Gary S. May in a letter dated February 27, 2019:

Gary S. May, Chancellor
Offices of the Chancellor and Provost
Fifth Floor, Mrak Hall
University of California, Davis
One Shields Avenue
Davis, CA 95616

Dear Chancellor May,

As a law enforcement officer, president of the California Statewide Law Enforcement Association (CSLEA), and on behalf of our 7,000 peace officers and public safety professionals who work for the state of California, I wish to communicate my strong feelings of shock and dismay at having learned that a University of California Davis professor has condoned and advocated, and continues to condone and advocate, for the murder of a human being.  I am referring to comparative literature Professor Joshua Clover and his now widely reported statements that police officers should be killed.  How is it that someone, who is calling for the killing of human beings, is allowed to remain employed as a University of California professor?  His comments incite the ultimate form of violence, and against those who have taken an oath to keep the peace, to protect and to serve.

Expressed words that threaten or incite violence are not always protected under the First Amendment and those who speak or write in such a fashion should not be protected by the university.  Expressed statements of hate and that support terrorism are also not guaranteed protection under the First Amendment.

Peace officers, like the very one the community of Davis recently laid to rest – Davis Police Officer Natalie Corona – are public servants who risk their personal safety and their lives every single day or night that they go to work.  They sacrifice their own safety for the safety of others. Police officers may not fall under any civil rights laws by which you govern UC Davis, but I implore you not to use Title IX or the First Amendment for reasons no administrative actions have been taken against Professor Clover.

Respectfully, I am suggesting that you take a closer look at the continued employment of Professor Clover at UC Davis.  As a chancellor, as a peace officer, as parents, as citizens hopeful for the future, do we want someone who expresses words of hate and violence at the forefront of educating our future leaders, inventors, writers, engineers, scientists, lawyers and yes, peace officers?  I think not.

Sincerely,

 

Alan Barcelona, President

California Statewide Law Enforcement Association

Fraternal Order of Police CA Lodge #77