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There are 11 comments on BU Forms New Community Safety Advisory Group

  1. REFORM DOESN’T WORK. DISSOLVE BUPD. DIVEST FROM BPD. MLK Jr., the man you loveeee to tout as an alumnus of this school would not have wanted “strengthened ties” with police. Never in my life have I been more embarrassed to be a BU alumna (‘16 & ‘18).

    1. Dissolving police is asking for trouble. Though violent crime has dropped significantly in the United States in the past 25 years, it is not at a level where we can even consider that option. What would you suggest to replace law enforcement? Who would you call if your apartment was broken into, or you are mugged or assaulted while walking from school? Yes, there are bad apples in the police force, just as there are in every profession. If a doctor performed a surgery that resulted in the death of your family member, would you take to the streets and riot, vandalizing and looting businesses that serve everyone in the community and call to abolish the medical profession? I for one would not feel safe visiting, working, or living in the city of Boston without police.

  2. In my 10+ years of working at BU, I was never aware of any racially motivated incidents involving BU PD or that the University police needed additional help in the form of an Advisory Group to help them maintain public safety. Was this hidden from the BU community?

    Actually, I was always impressed by BUPD professionalism and expertise. I am therefore in disbelief that there will be the formation of an Advisory Group to “review BUPD staff training, and offer input on effective communication among the BUPD and students, faculty, and staff.”

    In other words, BU will be forming another useless and overpaid committee who will try to destroy what is already functioning well while creating another way for administration to exercise their perceived power over matters they have no clue about.

    Do we still call BUPD when someone is mugged on Commonwealth Avenue, or do we dial an Advisory Group now? Instead of meddling into the affairs of a trained and accredited police department, how about creating a committee in charge of BU fiscal responsibility, increasing administration efficiency, productivity and accountability, and lowering the tuition for our young people regardless of color who would benefit by learning from leaders in the field. The age of reason will return someday and history will judge harshly the BU administrators who are complacent and exploit anger on the streets for their own benefit.

  3. How about including alumni like myself who actually have real world experience in law enforcement? Or is their some type of politically correct liberal Democrat test one has to pass in order to be part of this advisory group? Michael C. Abbott, Jr. CLA – (01/25/1996); NYPD, (Ret.) – 32 Pct. Central Harlem – (04/15/1997-04/17/2018).

  4. Konrad, where did you read anyone was getting paid to do this? This appears to be a voluntary service commitment. Also, it’s great that you have had nothing but good relations with police, but unless you are Black or Brown, your experience is not relevant to this committee.

    Michael, I think your voice and input would be valuable, especially if you are willing to share your experiences regarding NYPD interactions with Black and Brown people over your years of service. However, this politically independent (non-Democrat) voter wonders if you can put aside the politics you brought up to focus on the issue?

    Thank you to President Brown and Chief Nee for being proactive and taking this initiative; and Deans Elmore and Onwuachi-Willig for taking on an additional service responsibility to enhance community safety for everyone.

    1. Nathan,
      Let’s stop dividing BU community among racial, color, and ethnic lines.
      Our strength is in the diversity and BUPD serves us all well.

      1. Konrad, your response to Nathan shows how little you know of the unique experiences of people of color, particularly black and brown lives. If you cannot admit that black and brown lives are disproportionately affected by law enforcement, then you have a fair bit of learning to do before your voice counts in this subject.

  5. “…but unless you are Black or Brown, your experience is not relevant to this committee.”

    Any why not? Are white people never killed by police? Maybe we can all work together to figure out why innocent people are killed by police rather than making this a race issue.

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