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Michigan State University Police Now Trained in Bias Prevention. What Could Go Wrong?

Policing trivial slights

MSULovelac7You've heard of university bias response teams. Now get ready for bias response police units.

Michigan State University has created just such a thing. Its "Inclusion and Anti-Bias Unit" is charged with training police officers and members of campus to identify and handle bias incidents.

The unit came into existence in February. Since then, a police officer has assisted the campus's Bias Response Team in reviewing complaints and determining which administrative agency should handle them.

MSU spokesperson Jason Cody told The College Fix:

"In my opinion the unit has been well received on campus by students, faculty and staff," he said. "Since its inception, the unit has trained more than 230 police officers on bias, as well as trained dozens of students on what to do if stopped or contacted by police."

What's more, he said the police officer manning the unit works with a campus task force that "meets each week to review reported bias cases and to determine which office will handle."

Bias incidents, you may recall, are trivial slights that offend because of race, gender, sexuality, disability, religion, political affiliation, or other reason relating to identity. They are often unintentional. They usually represent protected expression.

The fact that universities are convening panels that can intervene and recommend disciplinary measures be taken against bias-incident perpetrators is troubling enough. Involving the cops is an even less appropriate measure. It's not the job of campus authority figures to police routine interactions between students and professors.

Photo Credit: Lovelac7

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  • DEATFBIRSECIA||

    Awesome! Universities now get their very own B.A.R.E. cops!

  • Fist of Etiquette||

    ...training police officers and members of campus to identify and handle bias incidents.

    There is literally no way to de-escalate one of these situations, as they start at trivial. There's no place to go but up.

  • DEATFBIRSECIA||

    I'm thinking now about the part in Idiocracy where Joe Bauers finally accepts that the entire world has gone retarded, and decides to just roll with it (apologies to Anonbot), and I'm realizing that this is something we'll all soon need to learn to do.

    Revel in the idiocy. You have no other choice, because it's coming. And fast.

  • The Grinch||

    If we're allowed to get handjobs at Starbucks I'm all for it. Short of that, no thanks.

  • Sir Digby Chicken Caesar||

    If we're allowed to get handjobs at Starbucks

    Hmmm....I do like money...

  • Sir Digby Chicken Caesar||

    Wait a tic...you're not a woman, are you?

  • Tundra||

    *crosses Michigan State off list*

    I wonder if my son would do well as an electrician....

  • Playa Manhattan.||

    Yes.

  • RBS||

    I have a client who owns an HVAC company in one of the shittier counties in the state and he absolutely kills it.

  • LarryA||

    You don't have to send your son to college any more. Set him up with a place to study, a computer, and internet. Colleges will come to him. (Without the campus police being involved.)

  • DEATFBIRSECIA||

    One more thing: How in the fuck did Mike Judge get his hands on a time machine?

  • John||

    http://www.latimes.com/nation/.....story.html

    Narrative fail. FBI says there is no evidence Orlando shooter was gay. So much for the he did it because he was a closet case not because he was a Muslim line of bullshit.

  • DEATFBIRSECIA||

    Is that the same FBI referenced in this article?

    http://www.tcpalm.com/news/spe.....08751.html

    From the article:

    "The FBI launched an investigation into Mateen after Sheriff's Office officials reported the incident to the agency. As part of its investigation, the FBI examined Mateen's travel history, phone records, acquaintances and even planted a confidential informant in the courthouse to "lure Omar into some kind of act and Omar did not bite," Mascara said. The FBI concluded Mateen was not a threat after that, Mascara said."

    So the guys that tried to lure him into a plot and when he didn't bite, determined him too smart to be a threat?
    Those guys?

  • John||

    Those guys. And considering the pressure they are under to find another motive, I don't think they are lying here. He wasn't gay. He was an Islamic terrorist. Deal with it.

  • Playa Manhattan.||

    Oh, what the fuck.

    "Mateen's background, however, was checked again by G4S in 2013 after the St. Lucie County Sheriff's Office requested he be removed from the St. Lucie County Courthouse patrol after he allegedly made derogatory comments to a deputy.

    A deputy at the courthouse mentioned the Middle East to Mateen, who reacted by threatening the deputy, said Sheriff Ken Mascara, who attended the Wednesday night meeting at the community's Island Club."

  • Playa Manhattan.||

    GOOD JOB FBI AND SHERIFFS DEPARTMENT

  • Chumby||

    The statists assume all Muslims are militant so them making threats is par for the course. To prosecute that might upset a community as well as invoke a fatwah. And face it, no government hack wants to risk their pension. The assault equivalent of social passing.

  • Brochettaward||

    He threatened a deputy while serving security at a courthouse? You know, outside the whole shooting of 50 people thing, and being a wife beater...Mateen doesn't sound like that bad of a guy.

  • Calidissident||

    I never really saw how that was supposed to refute that he was an Islamic extremist. Being a self-loathing gay person in a homophobic religion could easily lead to being attracted to the extreme elements of it.

  • DJF||

    I thought the campus police was already overwhelmed by the massive rape crisis in university, where will they get the personnel to handle evil crimes such as Trumps name chalked onto a sidewalk? They will have to deputize every SJW on campus!

  • Cynical Asshole||

    This is why they need a bigger budget, of course.

  • Chumby||

    And armored vehicles, riot gear, flash bang grenades, and select fire carbines.

  • OldMexican Trained Philosopher||

    Bias prevention?

    "[...] [T]he police officer manning the unit works with a campus task force that 'meets each week to review reported bias cases and to determine which office will handle.'"

    And surely there's nothing to worry about an organization with the ominous-sounding name "Campus Task Force", is there?

  • Cynical Asshole||

    At Michigan State University, microagressions and bias incidents are considered especially egregious to the feelings of fragile snowflakes. The specially trained detectives of the MSUPD Inclusion and Anti-Bias Unit investigate these ungoodful thought crimes. These are their stories.

  • Paper Wasp||

  • GILMORE™||

  • straffinrun||

    Resistance is futile. You will be inclusive and unbiased.

  • Stormy Dragon||

    as well as trained dozens of students on what to do if stopped or contacted by police

    Somehow I'm betting this training was not:

    1. Ask if you are being detained.
    1a. If you are being detained, your only response to all further inquiries is that you want to speak to an attorney.
    2. Ask if you are free to go.
    2a. If your are not free to go, your only response to all further inquires is that you want to speak to an attorney.
    3. Leave immediately.

  • Chumby||

    You just qualified yourself for a "no fly, no buy" list.

  • Grand Moff Serious Man||

    In the campus justice system, the students are represented by two separate yet equally important groups: the Bias Response Teams that investigate microagressions and the campus police who persecute the offenders.

    These are there stories.

  • GILMORE™||

  • Fist of Etiquette||

  • Stormy Dragon||

    their stories

    /stannis

  • Playa Manhattan.||

    These are their blue beer bottles

    /ma

  • Cynical Asshole||

    TOO SLOW, OLD MAN!

  • Grand Moff Serious Man||

    SHIT. I didn't refresh the page for like 40 minutes while I was doing something else.

  • Cynical Asshole||

    I've made that mistake so many times, now I always refresh and at least skim the comments before posting. Unless it's one of the monster 150+ Trump/ abortion/ circumcision/ deep dish pizza threads, then I figure who gives a shit, no one's gonna read all the comments anyway.

  • Zero Sum Game||

    They're definitely a kind of "special" victims.

    I've probably been reported somewhere for inconsiderate bias towards mentally disabled people. Let me assure you that is not the case. I hold mentally disabled people in much higher esteem than the idiots who came up with and perpetrate this shit on college campuses.

  • ||

    Obviously the misogynistic shitlords at the FBI don't know what they are talking about. When they were looking for gay lovers, they were looking for persons with penises. Just because you have a penis doesn't make you a man. If his wife self identified as man, then by-god he is gay.

  • Playa Manhattan.||

    This makes my muy grande boner go away.

  • Chumby||

    I fully support disarming people that own AK15 assault blasters and believe they should be given to the Michigan State campus police. -progderp

  • ||

    We need to start a pool on how long it will take for these pigs to kill someone in a scenario that started out as a bias incident....whatever the fuck that is.

    I'll take 6 weeks or less.

  • Cynical Asshole||

    "An MSU student was shot and killed today after an officer from the MSU PD's Inclusion and Anti-Bias Unit was dispatched after reports of the student chalking 'Trump 2016' on a sidewalk. The student is reported to have approached the officer with the piece of chalk in his hand, and made several threatening gestures with the chalk, at which point several rounds were fired..."

  • Chumby||

    At least the chalk was readily available for the outline.

  • wareagle||

    did the officer get home safely?

  • Playa Manhattan.||

    "You're now included..... at the funeral home!"

  • C. Anacreon||

    "see if you can find any bias six feet under the ground"

  • The Fusionist||

    I don't know if Free State of Jones is any good. Perhaps, as this review claims, it's an ego vehicle for Matthew McConaughey (if you can imagine), which would I suppose make it a "white savior" narrative.

    But see this jaded description of the person on whom the McConaughey character is based:

    "The real-life Knight did marry a former slave of his grandfather's, settled a mostly black community after the war, led a raid to rescue some emancipated boys stolen back into servitude, and was named colonel of a mostly black regiment of Reconstruction enforcers. So there is some record of the man's progressive—in its way, for the time—stance on race."

    Oh, sure, he did that stuff, but did he post on Twitter with a #blacklivesmatter hashtag like a modern progressive?

  • The Fusionist||

    Interesting if true (if it's BS I'm so sorry for wasting everyone's time) - come sample a beer brewed according to a recipe from William Penn's wife!

  • The Fusionist||

    (Tickets are only $40)

  • Shit Pyrate||

  • Shit Pyrate||

    Again. You are not wasting anyone's time Bro. =)
    Alcohol has a long history of making shitty water potable. =))

  • The Fusionist||

    I was kind of hoping to trigger a bunch of Quaker jokes.

  • C. Anacreon||

    "Nothing is better for thee than me" lager

  • The Fusionist||

    "Friends don't let Friends drink anything else."

  • invisible finger||

    Quaker State Of Inebriation

  • straffinrun||

    2016, the year that: Hillary is elected, Brexit fails, SCOTUS gets it's racist boner on, Free Speech dies. We're getting our asses kicked.

  • Lee G||

    Libertarian moment

  • straffinrun||

    I feel like doing unspeakable things to Polyanna.

  • ant1sthenes||

    Just stay away from Mina, or it won't go so well for you.

  • Grand Moff Serious Man||

    Brexit might actually put it out. The Leave vote is exceeding expectations all across the UK and voter turnout in London is lower than anticipated.

  • straffinrun||

    Farage has pretty much conceded. But I hope you're right.

  • Lee G||

    It would be a wonderful thing

  • straffinrun||

    Well, well, well. Markets get spooked is a good sign. http://www.bloomberg.com/news/.....-yen-slips

  • Lee G||

    The yen surged again? The yen-carry traders are getting hammered.

    US treasuries should do very well if the Breitling passes.

  • Lee G||

    Brexit

    Frick in mobile

  • Peace Be Upon [REDACTED], Jr.||

    Cleveland won a championship.

  • C. Anacreon||

    Grover Cleveland?

  • ||

    "Robby Soave ‏@robbysoave 10h10 hours ago

    As a libertarian, I'm one of very few ppl who wanted the Supreme Court to strike down affirmative action but uphold the immigration plan"

    And no idea how this kind of shit comes into being.

  • DenverJ||

    Yeah, "it's OK when the president abuse abuses executive power and breaks the law when he's doing something I like."

  • GILMORE™||


    Sheri @captnwentworth

    @robbysoave I don't understand. Why do libertarians want president to act as a dictator with respect to immigration? Serious question.

    Soave and GayJay = *expanding* the libertarian brand...

  • The Fusionist||

    "Stand back, I don't know how big this thing gets!"

  • Lorenzo Zoil||

    Newsflash, private citizens can and will always be biased. It's one thing if a prof grades based on preconceived biases, or admissions officers select based on biases, ... wait,... that's codified now isn't it. I'm all confused and shit again.

  • JWW||

    "Bias response" Orwell would be proud. A real life doublespeak worse than the ones he came up with in his book.

    I believe everyone, every god damned person on one of these teams is one of the new fucking nazis.

  • Wrath0fKahn||

    Apparently this is the one time the far left is in favor of the police.

  • Mahesh Raju||

    the Bias Response Teams that investigate micro-aggressions and the campus police who persecute the offenders.Hipstore and Hipstore download

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