UC Davis students and local chapters of the American Civil Liberties Union said Tuesday that campus administrators have been spying on student protesters.
At a news conference on campus, a handful of students and ACLU representatives said administrators and campus police had been monitoring demonstrators' Facebook activity and attempting to obtain information about planned protests.
The students said that, in one case, a plain-clothed police officer had marched in a March 2 demonstration against fee hikes. The students said the officer had told them she was was an academic administrator.
Administrators rejected the espionage allegations and defended the monitoring as appropriate to protect public safety. They point out that student protesters have taken over campus buildings and tried last spring to block traffic on Interstate 80.
However, administrators agreed that officers should be clearly identifiable. John Meyer, vice chancellor for administrative and resource management, told KCRA 3 that from now on officers would wear uniforms or display their badge on their belt.
Answer by vbruno at 11:57 AM on Apr. 13, 2011
Answer by gemgem at 12:12 PM on Apr. 13, 2011
Really their postings on FB is spying? Its a public forum and unless it was private page that they lied to get into I think spying is a bit of a stretch.
As far as being with the protesters unless they were trying to plant seeds encouraging a certain behavior to get them in trouble its a non issue. Unless I was about to do something against the law I could care less if a cop was standing next to me.
Answer by Charis76 at 12:21 PM on Apr. 13, 2011
Answer by adnilm at 1:57 PM on Apr. 13, 2011
Although, the UC system has raised it's tuition 39 % in the last 2 years, it's still an excellent and highly regarded education for a reasonable price. Further, only the best and brightest are admitted- Lots of protests and smarmy rhetoric..these are college students!
Answer by Sisteract at 2:48 PM on Apr. 13, 2011
Answer by sopranomommy at 3:00 PM on Apr. 13, 2011
Answer by itsmesteph11 at 4:05 PM on Apr. 13, 2011
Answer by Kitkat61277 at 11:24 PM on Apr. 13, 2011