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By Chloe Marina Manchester Evergreen students have had a tumultuous relationship with the police on campus, one of the more notable incidents being a cop car which was flipped, had the word “PIGS” spray painted on the side, and had recycling bins stacked along the bottom (top by that point) of the car following a Dead Prez concert on campus in 2008.  The school has also had an uncomfortable relationship with Sorger himself who was allegedly complicit with Federal attempts to spy on students. Students also found fault with Sorger when in 2014 an Evergreen Police Officer went up against him for the department’s use of dorm walkthroughs, which the officer alleged were illegal. In a Cooper Point Journal article published following this incident, student journalists explained that it was college policy to allow walkthroughs despite the fact that in 2008 the State v. Houvener ruling determined that “students at public institutions have a...

 
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By Sally Linn After a year of student action and event disruptions, Electronic Media has taken it upon themselves to produce a set of guidelines for its staff to follow in the case of more upsets. Evergreen students have had a tumultuous relationship with the police on campus, one of the more notable incidents being a cop car which was flipped, had the word “PIGS” spray painted on the side, and had recycling bins stacked along the bottom (top by that point) of the car following a Dead Prez concert on campus in 2008.  The school has also had an uncomfortable relationship with Sorger himself who was allegedly complicit with Federal attempts to spy on students. Students also found fault with Sorger when in 2014 an Evergreen Police Officer went up against him for the department’s use of dorm walkthroughs, which the officer alleged were illegal. In a Cooper Point Journal article published following this incident, student journalists ex...

 
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By Georgie Hicks On Sunday May 14 a student called the Evergreen Police on two Black students, after a May 10 post in the “The Evergreen State College Class of 2020” Facebook group sparked intense debate and allegations of racism, leading to an offline confrontation among involved students. The two Black students, Jamil and Timeko, were woken up by the  campus police and taken to police services to be questioned and remained there from around 11 p.m. til 2 a.m. on May 14-15. On Sunday May 14 a student called the Evergreen Police on two Black students, after a May 10 post in the “The Evergreen State College Class of 2020” Facebook group sparked intense debate and allegations of racism, leading to an offline confrontation among involved students. A student ended up calling the Evergreen Police, leading to two Black students, Timeko Williams Jr and Jamil, who prefers we do not use their last name, being woken up by the police and take...

 
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By Georgie Hicks We received a letter to the editor by Connor Quisenberry in response to an opinion piece about the new Evergreen Chief of Police Stacy Brown. We do not want the discourse about whether or not police are bad to continue indefinitely, but did not want to publish this letter without a brief response. The letter represents the mainstream liberal viewpoint that those who are not threatened by the police often hold. The whiteness that allows some to see the police as their friend rather than their enemy, is a position that is so privileged and normalized that this opinion is presented as logical fact any reasonable person can see. This is not the case. It is not the case that policing evolved in response to crime, it is not the case that the police are here to protect us. Modern policing was invented and codified in response to the resistance of enslaved people in the American south and working-class popular uprising in...

 
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By Jasmine Kozak-Gilroy On January 11, 2016, the new Evergreen chief of police, Stacy Brown, was set to be sworn in. Brown, who graduated from the college in 2006, was hired out of the Lewis County Deputy’s office where she had been working for 20 years, the last seven of which she spent as the chief deputy of Special Services. On the afternoon the administration planned to hold a welcome reception for Chief Brown, minutes before the program was set to begin, students took the microphone and created a loud disruption so the event could not go forward. Along with air horn like noise makers, students yelled “Fuck the Police!” and “Death to Pigs”. When it seemed clear that the students were not going to quiet down or surrender the microphone and podium, Evergreen president George Bridges, chief of police Stacy Brown, and the other members of the administration putting on the event left and the reception was effectively cancelled. In a...

 
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By Chloe Marina Manchester Safer Steps is a new program designed to raise awareness of the public services offered by campus police, such as unlocking doors, jumping cars, and escorting students who are afraid to walk alone around campus. Prior to the program, police already offered many of these services, performing more than 500 of these public services in the last year. They have started this program to try to encourage students to feel more comfortable reaching out to campus police for help. However this program is not perfect, there are marginalized students who are fearful of police, specifically students of color who are subject to systematic racism from the police on a national scale, and these students are unlikely to call the campus police for an escort if they already felt unsafe walking around on campus. Marginalized students are also more likely to be those who are feel most threatened walking around campus after dark...

 
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By Felix Chrome On the afternoon of January 31, there was a physical altercation between a campus police officer and a man he was attempting to detain. The incident took place after Officer Tim O’Dell confronted a man who was removing fliers in support of queer and trans visibility from the Evergreen Library. The man ran away from Officer O’Dell, across red square towards the bus loop. When Officer O’Dell caught up, he attempted to pin the man down, and he responded by hitting the officer repeatedly. According to the initial report by Evergreen, “The suspect bit the officer and drew blood, attempted to take the officer’s gun, and removed the officer’s hand-cuff pouch. The suspect hit him on the head with the hand-cuff pouch causing a laceration requiring four staples.” This description of events comports with what a bystander who witnessed the entire incident told the Cooper Point Journal. This witness, Lovi S., described the assa...

 
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ADMINISTRATION PROMPTED TO CHANGE POLICY BY RAY STILL [caption id="attachment_3490" align="alignright" width="288"] Police Services performing walkthroughs on a Segway. BY RUBY THOMPSON[/caption] The threshold between public and private at Evergreen is only as thick as a doorway—college administration has said that students should not expect any privacy out in the hallways of their dorm. Resident advisors, resident directors, and campus police patrol the hallways of the A, B, C, and D dorms during the nights and weekends. Their patrols do not include the suites, or the groups of single rooms, in the dorms, nor do officers search individual rooms without consent or a warrant. On-campus officers are invited into the dorms to perform walkthroughs by Residence and Dining Services Director Sharon Goodman, and not by individual RA or RD staff. Evergreen police officers have discussed the legality of these walkthroughs for several ...