UCLA is not happy with the LAPD after it used Jackie Robinson Stadium as a makeshift jail for George Floyd protestors. The law enforcement agency did this without expressed consent from UCLA. The university went after the LAPD for their actions in a tweet on Tuesday. Protests have engulfed Los Angeles since the police killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis.
We’re troubled by accounts of Jackie Robinson stadium being used as a “field jail.” This was done without UCLA’s knowledge or permission. As lessee of the stadium, we informed local agencies that UCLA will NOT grant permission should there be a request like this in the future.
— UCLA (@UCLA) June 3, 2020
The tweet from UCLA reads, “We’re troubled by accounts of Jackie Robinson Stadium being used as a ‘field jail’.” The tweet goes on to say, “This was done without UCLA’s knowledge or permission. As lessee of the stadium, we informed local agencies that UCLA will NOT grant permission should there be a request like this in the future.”
The LAPD has admitted to using the stadium without permission. They claim that they are “no longer using it.” UCLA urban planning professor Ananya Roy took to Twitter to explain that many UCLA students were taken into custody despite participating in a “peaceful protest.” The arrested students were transferred to the stadium via Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department prisoner buses.
Roy and 16 other faculty members co-signed a letter to UCLA leaders demanding answers for the LAPD using the stadium without permission to jail protestors. The letter reads, “Last evening, UCLA students were arrested for engaging in the constitutionally protected right to peacefully protest against racial injustice, which is pervasive in American policing.”
The letter goes on to read, “They were detained and processed at a stadium on their own campus named after Jackie Robinson, an icon of the long and unfinished struggle for Black freedom.” In the eyes of many using a stadium named after a black history icon like Jackie Robinson as a jail for protestors does not look good for the LAPD. Jackie Robinson was the first black baseball player in the MLB and broke the racial barrier in sports on that opening day in 1947.
This may turn into another public relations nightmare for the LAPD after department Chief Michel Moore laid equal blame for George Floyd’s death at the feet of both the four Minneapolis police officers and protestors. He said during a briefing on Monday, “His death is on their hands, as much as it is on those officers.” Moore quickly took back his comments and tried to explain them. He said, “I misspoke when I said his blood was on their [the protesters’ and looters’] hands but certainly their actions do not serve the enormity of his loss.”
Moore went on to say, “What his [Floyd’s] name should stand for is the catalyst for change. I regret the remarks of that characterization, but I don’t regret, nor will I apologize to those out there creating destruction. His memory deserves better.”
Moore made his stance even more clear on Twitter.
Let me be clear—there are 4 police officers and 4 alone responsible for the death of George Floyd.
Simply put: Those intent on spewing mayhem and distraction into our communities are a disgrace to his memory.
— Chief Michel Moore (@LAPDChiefMoore) June 2, 2020
As protests continue to rage the police continue to face criticism for their handling of the situation.
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Travis Earle is a veteran of the United States Navy and a resident of Memphis, Tennessee. He serves as a politics writer for Hill Reporter. Travis@HillReporter.com