The Faculty Executive Committee held a meeting on Monday to discuss the gender pay gap at UNC and a petition signed by 101 UNC faculty members concerning campus police.
The memo on policing at UNC:
This week, Jay Smith, a professor in the Department of History, created the aforementioned petition and discussed his motivations, as well as the general consensus of the 101 signees.
“I want to urge on all of you the need to take this very seriously and urgently with the problem of the relationship between campus police and student protestors, student anti-racist activists, who have been telling us in the faculty for many months now — in fact, virtually from the day that the Silent Sam protests began — that campus police have tended to regard the protestors as antagonists if not enemies, that they have been willing to resort to force seemingly unnecessarily and without provocation and they have engaged in seemingly unethical and even undercover tactics in order to infiltrate the student protests, while not doing the same with the white supremacists who are coming to campus to voice their views,” Smith said.
The petition calls for an investigation into the multitude of incidents which have occurred on campus such as the defacement of statues, “neo-Confederate activists” bringing firearms to UNC’s campus and the alleged "filing of false reports" against history graduate student Mark Porlides.
Porlides was arrested by UNC police officers on Dec. 3 and charged with resisting arrest, striking an officer and attempted larceny.
“Essentially on the night of Dec. 3, I was arrested. I was approached from behind by a large group of officers in the dark; I didn't know they were coming. I was not given any verbal command that I could understand,” Porlides said. “A third charge, which I absolutely deny, I believe it was fabricated, was the attempted larceny of trying to steal a body camera from an officer. I flat out deny that.”
During the meeting, Porlides showed roughly one minute and 30 seconds of the arrest video, excluding the processing portion of the arrest which Porlides said he found disturbing, but due to meeting time restrictions, could not show. Porlides prefaced the video by explaining that he was not initially given the video by UNC Police.
“The video I’m showing you today is exculpatory evidence, and it was withheld from me by UNC Police," Porlides said. "My attorney, who did pro bono work for me, ended up subpoenaing that evidence.”