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‘Make Cops’ Lives Hell’ – Student Government Representative Announces To Her Classmates At The University of Minnesota

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Lauren Meyers, a member of the Minnesota Student Association, is calling her coworkers to make cops life hell, according to The Daily Wire.

“When you say disturb [the University of Minnesota Police Department], What exactly do you mean? “Meyers was asked.

“Make your life hell,” Meyers replied casually. “Annoy the s ** t out of them.”

“Consuming their resources.”

Here it is. We received a copy of the video that Reddit deleted. # UMN student union representative Lauren Meyers advocates disrupting the #UMPD police to “make their lives hell, annoy them, use up their resources and show their officers” to the point. “#MN pic.twitter.com/DxQD4b0aDE

– CrimeWatchMpls (@CrimeWatchMpls) April 27, 2021

Brian Peters, Executive Director of MPPOA, said, “Active planning to thwart UMPD with false calls for help offends the vast majority of the campus community who rely on public security services. MSA executives should feel ashamed – and apologize to the campus community and campus crime victims. “

“In the past month, there were 13 cases of serious physical injury, 52 break-ins, 22 car thefts, 4 sexual assaults, numerous thefts and one murder on or near campus on campus. We are frustrated that elected student leaders are deliberately creating further divisions to make the campus less secure. “

“We are two members of the Executive Board of the Minnesota Student Association (MSA) and we wholeheartedly condemn the comments made on campus police interference during the Executive Board meeting on April 14, 2021.”

“We urge our fellow students, who have been silent for the last 72 hours, to denounce the comments in the clip that is widely circulated in the media.”

“To make progress on critical campus issues such as police reform and campus security, elected student leaders should seek to work alongside administrators and law enforcement officers on campus.”

“Our colleague’s public comments, unintentional or otherwise, have cast a dark shadow over constructive dialogue between elected leaders of the student government, student body, administration and other stakeholders.”

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From the Daily Wire:

The comments were made in a videoconference in which members of the student government discussed a letter urging UMPD chief Matt Clark to resign for “repeated and outright disregard.”[ing] Students demand, fail[ing] to increase the well-being and safety of the campus for color students and … to allow[ing] the use of UMPD as the physical arm of the oppressive state to subdue and silence parishioners both on and off campus. “

Two police unions, the Minnesota Police and Peace Officers Association (MPPOA) and Law Enforcement Labor Services (LELS) issued a statement asking Meyers to apologize to UMPD.

The unions also urged university officials to open an investigation “into violations of the student code of conduct”. The unions cited several areas of the student code of conduct, including counterfeiting, attempting to harm or cheat, and disorderly behavior.

Subd. 3. Counterfeit. Forgery means that university offices or public officials intentionally receive false, misleading, or incomplete information; Forging or altering, without proper authorization, official university records or documents, or conspiracy with or inciting others to forge or alter university records or documents without proper authorization; Misuse, alteration, forgery, forgery or disclosure of a university-issued ID to another person; or deliberately reporting a false report of a bomb, fire, natural disaster, or other emergency to a university official or emergency department.

Subd. 5. Attempt to hurt or cheat. Attempting to infringe or defraud means to create, forge, print, reproduce, copy or modify records, documents, writings or identification used or maintained by the university, if intended to hurt, cheat, or misinform.

Subd. 9. Improper behavior. Disregarding behavior means engaging in behavior that incites or threatens to cause an attack or a violation of the peace. break the peace; Obstruction or disruption of teaching, research, administrative or community service functions; or obstructing or disrupting disciplinary procedures or authorized university activities.

The unions also said Meyer’s calls to thwart the police could lead to a range of misdemeanors and criminal offenses, including “reporting a fictitious serious injury emergency” that carries a 10-year prison sentence and / or fine of US $ 20,000 is occupied.

Two members of the student government, Andrew Knuppel and Morgan McElroy, slammed Meyers’ comments.

Knuppel and McElory told Alpha News that the full video “has now been removed from our internal communications network and is the only board meeting recording that we currently do not have access to.”

This is not the first time a member of the student government has been involved in law enforcement rhetoric, according to Alpha News. At the beginning of this year, Nikil Badey, whom the school newspaper identified as the “leader of the student government”, lied that the UMPD had profiled him in a racist manner. Badey was stopped because they believed he “may have matched the description of a suspect in an armed robbery earlier that night,” reported the Minnesota Daily.

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