A college in Portland said Thursday its police force will no longer carry guns while patrolling on campus in light of heightened calls for change to policing policies over the last few months. Students at Portland State University have widely debated the college’s Board of Trustees’ 2014 decision to arm campus police for years. The debate escalated in 2018 after campus police fatally shot Jason Washington, a Black U.S. postal service worker and Navy veteran, according to Oregon Live. The college’s student union launched a Change.org petition that same year that called for the disarmament of campus officers in the wake of Washington’s death.
After protesters across the country demonstrated this summer following the death of George Floyd, a Black man who died while in Minneapolis police custody in late May, the school’s president said it was time to make a change on campus. [full article]