Last week, the California Police Chiefs Association sent out a letter to the UC Davis Board of Regents regarding comments made by UC Davis Professor Joshua Clover.
Here is a copy of the Letter that was provided Monday by the California Police Chiefs Association:
February 28, 2019
University of California Board of Regents Office of the Secretary and Chief of Staff to the Regents 1111 Franklin St.,12th floor Oakland, CA 94607
RE: University of California at Davis, Professor Joshua Clover
Dear Board of Regents,
The California Police Chiefs Association believes firmly in freedom of speech. However, we were alarmed to learn that University of California at Davis Professor Joshua Clover reportedly advocated for violence against and the killing of police officers on social media and in newspaper reports. The California Police Chiefs Association formally requests that you investigate this matter. We recognize the University of California Davis’ statement condemning Mr. Clover’s alleged comments. But condemnation is not enough. If he made those statements, he should immediately and unequivocally be fired. Such hateful rhetoric from any individual or group should not be tolerated. Clover’s alleged statements on social media were first reported by the Aggie, a UC Davis newspaper, and included statements such as;
“People think that cops need to be reformed. They need to be killed.”
“I mean, it’s easier to shoot cops when their backs are turned, no?”
“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.”
Tragically, violence and murder of peace officers in the United States is on the rise. Last year, 144 police officers were killed on duty, a 12% increase over 2017. Clover’s alleged rhetoric is reprehensible, attempts to divide us, could incite violence and is unbecoming of a University of California professor.
Our association, along with the many brave men and women in the law enforcement profession, work valiantly under often dangerous circumstances to protect our communities while striving to build positive, trusting and peaceful relationships with our citizens based on mutual respect.
We encourage you to swiftly and deliberately address the alleged statements. My colleagues and I are available to address your board in person, participate in a community forum or do whatever it takes to help educate you and your constituents about what we do – and who we are.
Thank you and please feel free to give me call if you have any questions,
David L. Swing President
CC: Gary Stephen May, Chancellor, University of California Davis