University Heights Police Stop Targeting JCU Students

University Heights Police Stop Targeting JCU Students

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John Carroll Students started this petition to University Heights Police Department and

Recently, the University Heights Police Department (UHPD) has been targeting John Carroll students, ticketing them for crossing the street without a walk signal--a truly heinous crime. Students on the way to class have been met by officers lying in wait to  levy hundred dollar fines, hefty in themselves, unbelievable in the context of a college student’s budget.

We, the undersigned, recognize that jaywalking as illegal, and we make no argument as to the merits of such a law. What we do take issue with, however, is the selective enforcement of the law. We suspect that very few people would be stopped and ticketed by UHPD for simply crossing a low-traffic street without a walk signal. But, JCU students seem to be ticketed for such offenses with alarming regularity. This occurrence seems to suggest a selective enforcement against the students of the University from which this city takes its name.


We are greatly disappointed that a police force sworn to protect and serve the people of this city would, instead, use its resources to harass those people. We ask not that UHPD stop enforcing this law, or any law for that matter. All we ask is that they stop selectively enforcing this law against a specific population. Selective enforcement of any law is facially unjust and impermissible. We, therefore, ask that the police department and the mayor of University Heights stop this unfair practice, and instead return to productive uses of this city's police force.

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