A University of Minnesota, student government leader, urged her peers to make life “hell” for campus cops by calling in fake incidents, according to a report Wednesday. Lauren Meyers, a member of the Minnesota Student Association Executive Board, allegedly directed students to “use up” campus cops’ resources to pressure the department’sto resign, according to Alpha News.
“Make their lives hell. Annoy the s— out of them,”conference. “Like, use up their resources, make their officers show up to something.” Meyers addressed a letter sent this from students to school president Joan Gabel, calling on the University of Minnesota Police Department Chief Matt Clark to resign for failing to protect students of color adequately.
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The letter claims that Clark hasof color and allowed the “utilization of UMPD as a physical arm of the oppressive state to subjugate and silence community members.” It threatened “direct actions” if “our demands are unmet.” According to the outlet, Meyers was asked what action students should take during the conference, which has since been deleted from Reddit.
“When you say disrupt UMPD, what exactly do you mean by that?” one student asked her — prompting Meyers to instruct students to “make their lives hell.” The comment outragedgroups — including the Minnesota Police and Peace Officers Association and Law Enforcement Labor Services — which demanded an investigation into whether Meyers violated the college’s code of conduct.
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“We’re frustrated that elected student leaders would purposefully choose to stir further division to make the campus less safe,” said MinnesotaAssociation executive director Brian Peters. “Actively planning to thwart UMPD by generating false calls for help is insulting to the overwhelming majority of the that relies on public safety services. MSA leaders should be ashamed — and apologize to the campus community and on campus.”
“The University respects the autonomy of the Minnesota Student Association as an independent governance organization for undergraduate students, including the autonomy of its membership to speak freely,” a school spokesman told Alpha News. He added that state law prohibits calling in false emergencies or crimes. A rep for the school also spoke out against Meyers’ call to disrupt police officers.
“However, in this instance, the University unequivocally disagrees with the ideas about disrupting UMPD’s daily work. These ideas are illegal and would directly conflict with ongoing efforts tocommunity safe.” This story first appeared in the New York Post. A rep for the Minnesota Student Association did not respond to the outlet’s request for comment.