Prof in viral video chastising student over cops being ‘heroes’ placed on leave, student has the last word

An adjunct college professor in California who was teaching her first course has been placed on leave after she was exposed by conservative media outlets berating a freshman student after he praised police officers and referred to them as “heroes.”

The Cypress College professor, who has not been identified publicly, appeared to be set off by the comments from Braden Ellis, a 19-year-old business major, during a Zoom presentation in which he discussed cancel culture in the United States, noting it was even being directed at children’s cartoons like “Paw Patrol” by leftist anti-cop ideologues, Fox News noted.

“A lot of police officers have committed an atrocious crime and have gotten away with it and have never been convicted of any of it,” the professor insisted during the class on verbal communications, according to video posted online.

Ellis agreed that there are some “bad people, and the people that do bad things should be brought to justice.”

“So what is your bottom line point?” the professor pressed. “You’re saying police officers should be revered, viewed as heroes? They belong on TV shows with children?”

“I think they are heroes, in a sense, because they come to your need and help you,” Ellis responded, going on to ask her if she would call them if she were in trouble, though she claimed she would not.

“I don’t trust them. My life is in more danger in their presence,” she responded.

The New York Post reported that, following the class, the professor took a leave of absence.

“The adjunct professor will be taking a leave of absence for the duration of her assignment at Cypress College. This was her first course at Cypress and she had previously indicated her intention to not return in the fall,” the school claimed in a statement to the paper.

In a follow-up interview with the New York Post, Ellis clapped back at “liberal ideology” he believes is driving most anti-police sentiment.

“Liberal ideology is bad right now and people need to expose it and fight back — with gentleness and respect. Imagine if we don’t fight back now? What will they teach us in 10 years? It would be pure hatred,” Ellis told the paper. “I have another [teacher] who is just as bad. These teachers just spew divisiveness and hatred toward our country.”

In a Saturday interview with Fox News, Ellis said he believes that the professor was trying to trip him up.

“I just remained calm and respectful and gentle with her arguments,” he said, adding, “She was trying to get that gotcha moment and to confuse me and to just say, ‘Oh, I don’t know.'”

Fox & Friends” co-host Will Cain then noted that, according to a video of the exchange posted online last week, the professor sought to tie modern policing to the Old South, when law enforcement officers were utilized to round up escaped slaves. Cain then pointed out that Ellis tried to push back on that notion by saying that police today fulfill a far different role as protectors of civil society while asking Ellis to recount what the professor told him as far as who she would call if she were in danger.

“No one. She wouldn’t call anybody,” said Ellis. “I was expecting an answer such as she would call a social worker because a lot of Democrats are calling for social workers” to replace armed police officers, he went on.

Later, Cain praised Ellis for speaking out while asking if the first-year student was worried there would be backlash, either from the professor, the college, or other students.

“When I saw the video…I was worried about my grade,” Ellis said. “I was worried about my class and my future at that college.”

The self-identified Republican and Christian went on to urge others like him to speak out without fear.

“Free speech used to be a liberal agenda. Not so much anymore,” he added.


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