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In the wake of George Floyd’s murder by Derek Chauvin, Minneapolis Police Department officer, on May 25th, an increasing number of schools, organizations, and institutions have called to sever ties with police departments. The University of Minnesota pledged to cut their connections with the MPD on May 27th. 

The mass protests that followed nationwide are a critical ‘which side are you on’ moment in history. In Chicago, thousands turned out to condemn racism and police brutality in the United States. During these peaceful protests, we have seen footage of Chicago police, completely unprovoked, brutalizing  innocent demonstrators. 

The Chicago Police Department is one of the largest police forces in the nation and has one of the most violent track records. A 2017 Justice Department report investigating the Chicago Police Department found officers use force almost 10 times more often with black suspects than with white suspects. Data analyzed by the watchdog organization Better Government Association found two-thirds of the 70 people killed by Chicago police from 2010 to 2014 were black. A 2017 research study examining the NYPD’s decrease in proactive policing in late 2014 into 2015 led to a DECREASE in major crimes.   

With this information, we demand Loyola University Chicago cut any and all ties to the Chicago Police Department to stand in solidarity with and for the safety of their Black students. Currently, Loyola University provides a 25% discount to Chicago Police Department officers for various degree programs. 

On May 31, 2020, Loyola President Jo Ann Rooney sent a letter to the Loyola community, in which she stated: “Our people of color must stop having to live in fear of the police, in fear of getting mortally sick, and in fear of losing a dangerous, low-paying job because there is no alternative. This is our problem. We must address it because that is what we are called to do.” Now is the time for action. Jo Ann Rooney asked Loyola Provost Grzywacz to bring together the experts across all of Loyola’s schools to work together to offer concrete solutions to making change happen. We come together to say that calling together an internal think tank is NOT ENOUGH! Rooney stated that Loyola is “called to act” — and that is what we are holding Loyola, as a Jesuit institution committed to justice, firmly to.

As students, alumni, faculty, and community members, we urge President Jo Ann Rooney to CUT ALL TIES WITH THE CPD! We will not stand by and condone the violence INHERENT in the police force. No new scholarships should be awarded to members of the CPD. Scholarships should instead be awarded to incoming black students. Rogers Park is the most diverse neighborhood in Chicago (approximately 25% of residents are Black); yet Loyola’s student body consists of 5% students who are Black. Loyola can do better.

Loyola, be on the right side of history. Sever all ties with CPD now. #blacklivesmatter

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