Pressure Boulder to punish Hill partiers/rioters

Pressure Boulder to punish Hill partiers/rioters

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Tycho Cinquini started this petition to Boulder County and

The riot (“party”) that took place in the Boulder, Colorado Hill neighborhood on the evening of March 6, 2021 showed a complete disregard for the health and safety of Boulder residents. Furthermore, the actions of those who participated in the riots caused a superspreader event which will certainly place the health and safety of Boulder residents, including at-risk and immunocompromised individuals, at greater risk of permanent damage to their health and livelihood. In a state that just a day earlier had remembered the tragic loss of 6,000 human lives, the actions of all those who attended the Saturday night riots were unacceptable and should be punished to the fullest extent Boulder County and CU Policy allows.

Current Boulder County policy states that “each person...must wear a face covering... in all outdoor [spaces] when social distancing cannot be maintained of at least 6 feet.” Additionally, Boulder County policy also states that the punishment for a violation of this rule is “a fine of up to $5000 and imprisonment in the county jail for up to one year.”

CU Boulder policy states that students must “wear a face mask in public… outdoor [spaces].... and follow all public health orders from state, county, and city public health officials.” If students disregard this policy, CU policy states that, in extreme cases, punishments could include “probation and/or suspension from the university.”

The majority of people who attended the aforementioned event were in clear violation of the above laws. Furthermore, a police car and a fire truck were damaged in the riots and several first responders were harmed by the party mob. 

The signatures attached to this petition represent the students that take our education, and the privilege of attending CU Boulder seriously.  We follow the rules not because of the aforementioned consequences of non-compliance, but because it is the right thing to do, and we truly believe in the CU Boulder mission of protecting the herd.  We ask for the policies listed to be enforced to the fullest extent not because of any ill-will or bias towards our fellow students, but because we believe that the student body can be better than this, and that requires us to honor the rules and policies that keep us safe. 

There is no excuse for a gathering of the magnitude seen on March 6th.  We see this gathering as a danger to our education, as continued incidents like this may result in further lockdowns of the student body that punishes non-offenders, or worse, cause another outbreak of COVID that requires another quarantine event.  We are concerned that many students present at the gathering will be let off with a simple “slap on the wrist” penalty that does not reflect the seriousness of this infraction. Furthermore, we strongly believe that similar events will occur if these enforcement policies are not taken seriously.  

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