Radical professor reprimanded for saying police ‘need to be killed.’ Reprimanded, UC Davis?

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Americans dismayed over the radical leftward direction of the country need look no further than campuses of our institutions of higher education, which are little more than liberal indoctrination centers.

The extremist behavior of many professors is nothing new, not that there still aren’t occasions that raise eyebrows, such as a English and comparative literature professor in California reprimanded for reportedly saying police officers “need to be killed.”

UC Davis professor Joshua Clover, who has published work on critical theory, political economy and Marxism, and also fancies himself a poet, made the comment during an interview back in 2016, according to The California Aggie.

The school paper provided three example of Clover calling for the killing of cops:

“I am thankful that every living cop will one day be dead, some by their own hand, some by others, too many of old age #letsnotmakemore” — tweeted on Nov. 27, 2014.

“I mean, it’s easier to shoot cops when their backs are turned, no?” — tweeted on Dec. 27, 2014.

“People think that cops need to be reformed. They need to be killed.” — published in an interview on Jan. 31, 2016.

 

The brave Marxist professor now hides his Twitter feed behind the cloak of privacy

The Aggie reached out to the university for comment on Clover’s remarks last month after a gunman fatally shot rookie Davis Police Officer Natalie Corona.

“The UC Davis administration condemns the statement of Professor Clover to which you refer,” the school said in a statement. “It does not reflect our institutional values, and we find it unconscionable that anyone would condone much less appear to advocate murder. A young police officer has been killed serving the City of Davis. We mourn her loss and express our gratitude to all who risk their lives protecting us. We support law enforcement, and the UC Davis Police Department and Chief Joe Farrow have been and remain critical partners to our community.”

But don’t expect omnipotent professors who are all but immune to being fired to back down on their extremist views.

Clover told The Aggie, “I think we can all agree that the most effective way to end any violence against officers is the complete and immediate abolition of the police.”

He said he would “direct any further questions to the family of Michael Brown.”

This being the same Michael Brown who was killed by a police officer in Ferguson, Missouri, who was protecting himself after being violently attacked by the 6 ft. 4 in., 292 lb. 18-year-old.

The Sacramento Bee reported that Clover is on a medical leave, but he responded by email to a request from the paper for comment.

“On the day that police have as much to fear from literature professors as Black kids do from police, I will definitely have a statement,” Clover said.

UC Davis police Chief Joe Farrow told The Bee that the professor’s comments, which he characterized as “vile hatred,” was “disappointing.”

“Our officers are dedicated professionals who have and will continue to rise above calls for violence against them,” he said. “Nonetheless, it’s regrettable they have to endure such vile hatred. I always try to remain positive, and we are keenly aware of what’s going on in the nation with the perception of law enforcement. We try to understand the criticism and build upon that. It’s a reminder to myself that there’s a lot of work to be done.”

Meanwhile, Clover continues to collect a nice paycheck from a public university.

Tom Tillison

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The longest-tenured writer at BizPac Review, Tom grew up in Maryland before moving to Central Florida as a young teen. It is in the Sunshine State that he honed both his passion for politics and his writing skills.
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