California State University Student Government Voted To Defund Police. Administrators Won’t Do It.

Student leaders at California State University-Fullerton in early May voted to defund university police, but it appears administrators won’t follow through.

The College Fix reported that the university’s Associated Students Incorporated passed a resolution on May 4 that called for the university to divest funds from the school’s police department and use that money to hire more mental health counselors. The resolution also called to ban “all aggressive police tactics, lethal firearms, and excessive use of force during student protests, student events, and any other campus situations.”

But as the Fix noted, the student government doesn’t have control over police funds. It would be up to university officials to accept the student resolution – and it appears they have not.

Scott Willey, administrative captain with Fullerton’s campus police department, told the Fix that the CSU chancellor said none of the 23 campuses would have their police departments defunded, disarmed, or dissolved.

Willey also told the outlet that student government leaders didn’t speak to the police department to discuss their demands before passing the resolution and that if they had, they would have realized their training demands had already been implemented.

“If they had come and talked to us we could have given them the whole list of what we do,” Willey told the outlet. “Because you know reform is not new to us, we’re constantly reforming what we do.”

He said the police department had already implemented bias, mental health, and de-escalation training that had been demanded by the student government.

“Anything new that comes out we welcome that, we’re always adapting and changing,” Willey told the Fix.

And it seems like the changes have worked, as complaints against the police department are nearly nonexistent. From the Fix:

Marissa Garza, a spokesperson for the campus police, told The Fix via email that there were five complaints against the UPD in 2019, and all of them were “unfounded.”

Garza added that the police department “respect[s] the rights of our community members to express and voice their concerns in a respectful and lawful manner.”

One former CSUF student told The College Fix she does not want to see police defunded on campus.

“I would say I would feel more scared and definitely less safe,” Aubree Kalinowski said.

Student governments at other universities have also tried to defund campus police departments. As The Daily Wire previously reported, members of Cornell University’s student government tried to pass a resolution last month that would disarm the school’s police, but the resolution failed.

Following that failure, anti-police activists within the student government worked to expel other members who had opposed the resolution and then held a second vote to disarm campus police, which narrowly passed on December 10.

Last month, around the time Fullerton passed their defund police resolution, educators and students across the country took the day off from class to protest the existence of campus police departments, The Daily Wire’s Chrissy Clark reported.

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‘They Don’t Want Me to Have Any More Children:’ Britney Spears Says Family Keeping Her Drugged, Isolated Against Her Will

Pop-singer Britney Spears went before a Los Angeles probate judge yesterday to beg the court to lift the conservatorship she’s been under for nearly 13 years.

Spears’ father, Jamie Spears, has controlled her $60 million estate since 2008 — a year that saw the star have a public mental breakdown that resulted in hospitalization.

Characterizing her father’s rule over her life as “abusive,” Spears said during the hearing that while she may outwardly seem to be functioning well, she is miserable.

“I’ve lied and told the whole world I’m OK and I’m happy. It’s a lie,” she said. “I’ve been in denial. I’ve been in shock. I am traumatized. Fake it ’til you make it, but now I’m telling you the truth, OK? I’m not happy. I can’t sleep. I’m depressed. I cry every day.”

One of the key revelations Spears shared with Judge Brenda Penny is that her father’s team has prevented her from marrying her longtime boyfriend Sam Ashgari and has mandated she stay on birth control to prevent her from having any additional children.

“I was told right now in the conservatorship, I’m not able to get married or have a baby,” the 39-year-old said. “I have an I[U]D inside of myself right now so I don’t get pregnant. I wanted to take the IUD out so I could start trying to have another baby, but this so-called team won’t let me go to the doctor to take it out because they don’t want me to have children, any more children.”

Spears also accused her father of keeping her on the psychotropic drug Lithium against her will.

“It’s a strong drug. You can go mentally impaired if you stay on it longer than 5 months. I felt drunk, I couldn’t even have a conversation with my mom or dad about anything,” she said.

Reading from a prepared statement, reprinted in full at Variety, Spears addressed Penny’s previous dismissal of her concerns.

“I haven’t been back to court in a long time, because I don’t think I was heard on any level when I came to court the last time. I brought four sheets of paper in my hands and wrote in length what I had been through the last four months before I came there … The last time I spoke to you … made me feel like I was dead, like I didn’t matter, like nothing had been done to me, like you thought I was lying,” Spears said. “I want to be heard. I’m telling you this again so that maybe you understand the depth and degree and the damage … I want and deserve changes going forward.”

Spears ended her comments by directly asking Penny to give her back control over her estate and her life. “Basically this conservatorship is doing me way more harm than good. I deserve to have a life. I’ve worked my whole life,” she said. “I feel ganged up on, I feel bullied, I feel left out and alone. I’m tired of feeling alone. I deserve to have the same rights as anybody.”

Spears’ next court date is set for July 14.

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