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An Open Letter from Concerned Johns Hopkins University Faculty Regarding Maryland SB 793 & HB 1094 and the Creation of an Armed Private Campus Police Department:

 

On February 4, 2019, our university introduced a bill to the Maryland State Legislature.  If passed, this law would authorize “the Johns Hopkins University to establish a police department.”  Despite a series of community meetings and public forums, this bill fails to adequately address concerns raised by campus and community members. 

We oppose this bill and the University’s creation of an armed private police force. We do not support the creation of a police force that is not accountable to the citizens of the city where it operates.

 

During the four public events organized by the JHU administration between October and December of 2018, enabling the discussion of issues related to policing, poverty and urban inequality in Baltimore, faculty, students, staff and community members voiced strong opposition to an armed JHU security force. A recent poll by the JHU Student Government Association reported that 75% of undergraduate students were in opposition to the creation of an armed police force. In February of 2018, the students created an organization called Students Against Private Police (SAPP) which has held multiple rallies and informational sessions on the Hopkins campus and in adjacent Baltimore neighborhoods. We support our students.

 

Our concerns regarding a campus police force are as follows: We believe that an armed force of university employees operating beyond our campus is undemocratic. We believe that a private police force conveys a perception of Hopkins as a campus in an antagonistic relation with nonwhite and economically precarious Baltimore City and subscribes in its enforcement policies to the logic of racial profiling. We believe that armed personnel introduce dangerous firearms and can decrease public safety, endanger our own students, and increase risk. We are concerned that once in place, police administrations will inevitably amplify the climate of fear and justify their roles by citing stops, arrests, and detainments. We believe it undermines the University’s repeated insistence that Johns Hopkins is of the city and supports the city. Rather, it manifests the philosophy that we are not, fundamentally, all in it together. We wish to see the university taking on the role of constructive partner in a complex public issue of public health and educational equity and community well-being.  

The university has failed to provide serious evidence that creating a private armed police force will have the intended effects. As SAPP has duly noted: “Black and brown students and Baltimoreans are already disproportionately targeted. Private police on campus are likely to exacerbate racial profiling, with even more dangerous and potentially fatal consequences.” 

Johns Hopkins rightly expresses concern about the “physical, social, and economic well-being of the city in which we live,” but it is inconceivable to us that a private police force run by the university to patrol the neighboring communities would improve these relations. We strongly oppose this highly undemocratic proposal.

For more information:

Students Against a Johns Hopkins Police Force Petition: http://bit.ly/2S6I7ig 

SB 793 the Community Strengthening and Safety Act: http://bit.ly/2S25v0j

 

Say 'no' to Hopkins' private police - Op-Ed by Quinn Lester in the Baltimore Sun http://bit.ly/2S3C7Xt

Baltimore lawmakers halt proposal to create Johns Hopkins police force - Baltimore Sun http://bit.ly/2X7yx2m

 

Maryland lawmakers will not support Hopkins police force bill (March 2018) - The Johns Hopkins News-Letter http://bit.ly/2RYEhaN

 

Johns Hopkins Pushes for Armed Police on Campus - WSJ https://on.wsj.com/2S2ADws

Signed,

Lawrence Jackson

Bloomberg Distinguished Professor

Department of English

Department of History

François Furstenberg

Professor

Department of History

Emily Riehl

Assistant Professor

Department of Mathematics

Vesla M Weaver

Bloomberg Distinguished Associate Professor

Department of Political Science

Michael Levien

Assistant Professor

Department of Sociology

Rina Agarwala

Associate Professor

Department of Sociology

Anne-Elizabeth Brodsky

Senior Lecturer

Program in Expository Writing

Dean Moyar

Associate Professor

Department of Philosophy

Katrin Pahl

Associate Professor

Department of German and Romance Languages and Literatures

Bentley Allan

Assistant Professor

Department of Political Science

Nadia Nurhussein

Associate Professor

Department of English

Beverly J. Silver

Professor

Department of Sociology

Erica Schoenberger

Professor

Department of Environmental Health and Engineering

Carsten Prasse

Assistant Professor

Department of Environmental Health and Engineering

Jeanne-Marie Jackson-Awotwi

Assistant Professor

Department of English

Tom Özden-Schilling

Assistant Professor

Department of Anthropology

Clara Han

Associate Professor

Department of Anthropology

Stephen J Campbell

Henry and Elizabeth Wiesenfeld Professor

Department of the History of Art

Shane Butler

Nancy H. and Robert E. Hall Professor in the Humanities

Chair, Department of Classics

Jessica Marie Johnson

Assistant Professor

Department of History

Katie Hindmarch-Watson

Assistant Professor

Department of History

Toby Ditz

Professor

Department of History

Andrew Daniel

Associate Professor

Department of English

Christopher Lebron

Associate Professor

Department of Philosophy

Nathan Connolly

Herbert Baxter Adams Associate Professor

Department of History

Kristin Cook-Gailloud

Senior Lecturer

Director, French Language Program

Department of German and Romance Languages and Literatures

Jane Bennett

Andrew Mellon Professor of the Humanities

Department of Political Science

P. J. Brendese

Assistant Professor

Co-Director: Racism, Immigration and Citizenship Program

Department of Political Science

Naveeda Khan

Associate Professor

Department of Anthropology

William E. Connolly

Krieger-Eisenhower Professor

Department of Political Science

Sharon Achinstein

Sir William Osler Professor

Department of English

Derek Schilling

Professor of French

Chair, Department of German and Romance Languages and Literatures

Joel Andreas
Associate Professor
Department of Sociology

Elizabeth Thornberry

Assistant Professor

Department of History

Casey Marina Lurtz

Assistant Professor

Department of History

Mark Christian Thompson

Professor

Chair, Department of English

Jennifer L. Culbert

Associate Professor

Department of Political Science

Kenneth Moss

Associate Professor

Felix Posen Chair in Modern Jewish History

Department of History

Lester K. Spence

Associate Professor

Department of Political Science

Karen Fleming

Professor

Thomas C. Jenkins Department of Biophysics

Ciaran J Harman

Assistant Professor

Russell Croft Faculty Scholar

Environmental Health And Engineering

Michael Degani

Assistant Professor

Department of Anthropology

Nino Zchomelidse

Associate Professor

Department of the History of Art

Veena Das

Krieger-Eisenhower Professor

Department of Anthropology

Daniel Schlozman

Joseph and Bertha Bernstein Assistant Professor

Department of Political Science

Sauleh A Siddiqui
Assistant Professor
Co-Director, Center for Systems Science and Engineering

Department of Civil Engineering

Graham Mooney

Associate Professor

Institute of the History of Medicine

Mary Favret

Professor

Department of English

Todd Shepard

Arthur O. Lovejoy Professor

Department of History

Yumi Kim

Assistant Professor

Department of History

Christopher Cannon

Bloomberg Distinguished Professor

Departments of English and Classics

Michael Kwass

Professor

Department of History

Jesse Rosenthal

Associate Professor

Department of English

Martha S. Jones

Society of Black Alumni Presidential Professor

Department of History

Zackary Berger
Associate Professor

Division of General Internal Medicine

Paola Marrati

Professor of Humanities and Philosophy
Department of Comparative Thought and Literature

Tamer el-Leithy
Assistant Professor

Department of History

Maya Gomes
Assistant Professor

Morton K. Blaustein Department of Earth & Planetary Sciences

Anicia Timberlake
Musicology

Peabody Institute

Mary E. Fissell
Professor

Department of History

Institute of the History of Medicine

Christopher Nealon
Professor

Department of English

M. Ali Khan
Abram Hutzler Professor of Political Economy

Department of Economics

Jared Hickman
Associate Professor

Department of English

Deborah Poole

Professor

Department of Anthropology

Katrina Bell McDonald
Associate Professor

Co-Director, Center for Africana Studies

Department of Sociology

Suzanne Roos
Senior Lecturer
Department of
German and Romance Languages and Literatures

Claude Guillemard
Senior Lecturer
Department of German and Romance Languages & Literatures

Christy Thornton        

Assistant Professor

Department of Sociology

Christian Jones

Assistant Professor

Department of Surgery         

School of Medicine        

Bécquer Seguín

Assistant Professor

Department of German and Romance Languages and Literatures

Amy Knowlton        

Full Professor                

Department of Health, Behavior and Society

S. Wilson Beckham        

Faculty                

Health, Behavior and Society        

Bloomberg School of Public Health

Elanor Taylor

Assistant Professor

Department of Philosophy

David Gutkin        

Musicology

Peabody Institute

Johannes Thrul

Assistant Professor        

Department of Mental Health        

Bloomberg School of Public Health

Jennifer Stager

Assistant Professor

Department of the History of Art

Magda von der Heydt        

Department of Sociology

Wayne Biddle

Visiting Associate Professor        

Writing Seminars

Renée M. Johnson        

Associate Professor                

Dept. Of Mental Health        

Bloomberg School of Public Health

Alexandre White        

Faculty

Department of Sociology

Judah Adashi

Faculty

Music Composition

Peabody Institute

Alessandro Angelini

Faculty

Department of Anthropology

Natasha Chida

Assistant Professor

Medicine

School of Medicine

Stanley Andrisse

Adjunct Assistant Professor

Pediatrics Endocrinology

School of Medicine

Sabine Stanley

Bloomberg Distinguished Professor

Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences                                                                                

Daniela C. Rodriguez        

Associate Scientist        

Department of International Health        

Bloomberg School of Public Health                

                                                        

Douglas Mao

Professor                

English

Krieger School of Arts and Sciences

Rashelle Musci        

Faculty                

Mental Health        

School of Public Health                                                                        

Danielle Evans

Assistant Professor

The Writing Seminars                                                                                

Sabriya Linton        

Faculty

Department of Mental Health        

Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health        

Sarah Horst

Assistant Professor

Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences

Carolyn Sufrin                

Assistant Professor        

Department of Gynecology and Obstetrics        

School of Medicine

Ryan Calder        

Assistant Professor        

Department of Sociology and Program in Islamic Studies        

Elizabeth J. Letourneau        

Professor

Department of Mental Health

Ho-fung Hung

Henry M. and Elizabeth P Wiesenfeld Professor in Political Economy

Department of Sociology

Colleen Christmas        

Associate Professor                

Department of Medicine        

Johns Hopkins School of Medicine

Jocelyne DiRuggiero        

Associate Professor                

Department of Biology

Krieger School of Arts & Sciences

Lorraine T. Dean        

Assistant Professor

Epidemiology

Bloomberg School of Public Health                                                

Erin Chung        

Associate Professor

Department of Political Science

Maria Procopio

Faculty

Department of Biophysics        

Huei-Ying Kuo

Research Associate Professor        

Department of Sociology

Emily M. Agree        

Research Professor        

Department of Sociology

Ana Damjanovic        

Faculty

Department of Biophysics        

Yulia Frumer

Assistant Professor

History of Science         

Michael Rosenblum

Associate Professor

Department of Biostatistics

Bloomberg School of Public Health

Emily Fisher

Associate Teaching Professor

Department of Biology

Leah Jager        

Assistant Scientist

Department of Biostatistics        

Bloomberg School of Public Health

Brian Caffo        Full Professor                

Biostatistics        

Bloomberg School of Public Health

Emmy Smith        

Assistant Professor        

Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences        

Meghan Avolio        

Assistant Professor        

Departmetn of Earth & Planetary Sciences

Lydia Pecker

Assistant Professor         

Department of Medicine

Dora Malech

Assistant Professor

The Writing Seminars

Photini Sinnis        

Full Professor                

Department of Molecular Microbiology & Immunology

Elizabeth Ogburn

Assistant Professor

Biostatistics

Bloomberg School of Public Health

Ibrahima Bah

Assistant Professor                

Department of Physics and Astronomy

David E Kaplan        

Full Professor                

Department of Physics and Astromony

Ginger Hanson        

Assistant Professor

School of Nursing

Francesca Serra

Assistant Professor

Physics and Astronomy

George Oppel

Lecturer

Program in Expository Writing                                                                                

Homayra Ziad        

Lecturer

Islamic Studies

Leonardo Lisi

Associate Professor

Department of Comparative Thought and Literature

Emily Anderson

Department of Classics        

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