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#EndTheDeadlyExchange at Tufts Petition
In a disappointing, yet predictable move, Tufts has recently demonstrated its stance on issues of militarized policing by sending Kevin Maguire, who oversees the Tufts University Police Department (TUPD), to a seminar in Israel, along with a delegation of other Massachusetts officers. Details about the trip were largely suppressed; the only specifics were that attendees would participate in a “counter-terrorism seminar” – a weighted label carrying implicit statements of its own. In the past, it has been reported that trips of this kind allow participants to exchange knowledge of and resources for surveillance technology, technology for military checkpoints, weapons, methods of racial profiling, and suppression of social justice movements. By participating in this seminar, named by organization Jewish Voice for Peace and known widely as the “Deadly Exchange,“ TUPD engages the racialized categorization of black and brown people as “terrorists” and enemies of the state. In this way, TUPD condones the same logic used by Israeli Defense Forces to justify night raids and the many other violent tactics of “counter-terrorism” against Palestinians.

We, the undersigned members of the Tufts community, are committed to ending military training trips between the Tufts University Police Department (TUPD) and any foreign military. We condemn Maguire's participation in the "counter-terrorism" seminar and demand that Tufts issue a public statement apologizing for sending Maguire on the trip and committing to never participate in trainings with foreign militaries ever again. We demand accountability from TUPD and therefore demand a town hall concerning policing and a community advisory board made up of students, faculty and staff, and community members that oversee TUPD, including their actions, trainings, and budget. We demand an end to militarized police and a move instead towards demilitarization.

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