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Campus Safety and the Role of the Police at the University of Illinois


Campus police discussion participants Latrel Crawford, Michael Schlosser, Leojae Bleu Steward, Sean Garrick, Naomi Paik and Alice Cary talk with Illinois Newsroom education reporter Lee Gaines (far left).

URBANA – Illinois Newsroom held a discussion about the role of police on the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign campus. The discussion follows an Illinois Newsroom series by Education reporter Lee Gaines about calls to defund the campus police department, arrest rates of Black people by the department and views of officers about the abolition movement.

The following people participated in a 90-minute discussion on Facebook live event on February 9 to discuss their perspectives.:

Alice Cary, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign Police Chief

Latrel Crawford, University of Illinois Senior And Theater Major

Sean Garrick, Vice Chancellor for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign

Naomi Paik, Associate Professor, HRI-Mellon Faculty Fellow in the Legal Humanities

Michael Schlosser, Director of the Police Training Institute

Leojae Bleu Steward, University of Illinois Senior And Theater Major

The discussion was moderated by Lee Gaines, Education Reporter at Illinois Public Media.

There will be a follow up Facebook Live discussion on February 25 at 7:00 p.m. focused on solutions. Gaines will also moderate that discussion.