Campus Reform | Ohio State students occupy student union, demand school cut ties with Columbus police

Ohio State students occupy student union, demand school cut ties with Columbus police

Hundreds of students participated in a protest march and sit-in in the aftermath of the police shooting of Ma'Khiya Bryant, a 16 year old in Columbus who was allegedly wielding a knife in an altercation with another person.

The university's student newspaper says the protesters will not tolerate policing reform that does not result in abolition.

Several hundred Ohio State University students and community members demanded an end to the school's contracts with Columbus Police by staging a sit-in at the Ohio Union followed by a march to the state Capitol. 

According to The Lantern, the college's student newspaper, the group is demanding that the university cut ties with Columbus Police. Speakers at the event reportedly criticized the police for not enforcing a statewide curfew and instead sledding with students one night in February, and for their response to a block party called "Chitt Fest" that spiraled into a riot, causing property destruction and flipping cars.

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Pranav Jani, an associate English professor, shared a video of the protest on Twitter.

Hundreds occupying the Ohio Union to protest police murder #makhiabryant #BlackLivesMatter pic.twitter.com/UvOM2Qg4Ok

— Pranav Jani (@redguju) April 21, 2021

Benjamin McKean, an associate political science professor, posted images of the event on his Twitter feed.

Students are now occupying the Ohio Union to demand @OhioState cut ties with @ColumbusPolice after the killing of Ma’Khia Bryant pic.twitter.com/KYsiXVbkBD

— Benjamin McKean (@BLMcKean) April 21, 2021

Ohio State also has a University Police Department, which has 59 officers. The school says there are more than 61,000 students enrolled at its Columbus flagship campus. 

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Campus Reform has contacted Ohio State for comment; this story will be updated accordingly. 

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