Resolution: SA R30: Calling For the Disarmament of the Cornell University Police Department

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Dear President Pollack,
It is my pleasure to convey to you Student Assembly Resolution #30: Calling for the Disarmament of the Cornell University Police Department. This resolution contextualizes the Cornell movement for disarmament, recognizing that the institution of policing was founded in slavery and has upheld historic segregation and racism through America’s founding to the Civil Rights Era. This resolution also calls attention to the use of campus police in suppressing peaceful protests and civil rights activists on college campuses. The resolution highlights similar movements and successes for disarming campus police within the SUNY system and at peer institutions, such as Harvard and Yale.
The Student Assembly joins a coalition of 18 Cornell student organizations to urge Cornell administration to disarm the Cornell University Police Department of all lethal weapons. This coalition proudly consists of many identity and affinity-based organizations at Cornell, indicating the diverse populations across our Cornell community that support disarmament, including but not limited to Black Students United, Native American and Indigenous Students at Cornell, La Asociacion Latina, South Asian Council, and the Cornell Asia Pacific Student Union. 
Please feel free to reach out if you have any questions or concerns! I look forward to your response.
Catherine Huang
President | Cornell Student Assembly
Cornell University '21 | Industrial Labor Relations