University of Minnesota committee wants campus cops to stop assisting other police at protests

The institution's leaders weigh ideas to improve trust between students and police.

The University of Minnesota is considering changes to its campus police force operations in response to concerns from students and employees who want to see the department held to higher standards.

A campus safety committee tapped by President Joan Gabel has called for the school to stop deploying its police force to assist other law enforcement at police brutality protests away from campus. The committee also wants U leaders to evaluate the campus police department’s weaponry and emphasize the use of less-lethal alternatives.

More students began scrutinizing the University of Minnesota Police Department after the the killing of George Floyd by Minneapolis officers raised awareness of police brutality. Some students have called for the U’s cops to be disarmed and subject to citizen oversight.

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