Brooklyn College Implores NYPD: Hide From Students to Avoid Upsetting Them

"It makes safe spaces feel not so safe."

Gone are the days when the sight of police was reassuring. At least, that’s the case at Brooklyn College, which recently advised officers of the New York City Police to only use restrooms out of view from students. This would avoid offending their delicate sensibilities, because according to students, the sight of the NYPD “makes safe spaces feel not so safe.”


The school’s directive to police officers came after an on-campus showing of the documentary Watched — a castigation of a 4-year police surveillance of Muslim students. As reported last Wednesday in the school’s newspaper, The Excelsior, the result of the screening was an opposition to law enforcement’s presence. One student went so far as to say the police should be banned from campus outright:

“I disagree with them being on campus. Especially allowing them to use the building where student groups are held.”

Donald Wenz — Director of Public Safety for the college — told The Excelsior he preferred that members of the NYPD be relegated to restroom facilities in the campus’s West End building, “rather than walking across either quad to use the bathroom.”

Furthermore, the student who was quoted in the story said he intends to draft a petition to BC’s president, Michelle Anderson, imploring that she make clear, in his words, “that we do not want the NYPD on campus in any respect even if it’s just to take breaks and use the bathroom.”


Following the controversy, the New York Post reported that the restroom officers are being asked to use doesn’t even have a working stall. In addition, one student told the Post:

“The bathroom is horrendous. You can only wash your hands in one of the sinks because the other two are broken.”

The broken restroom is on par with the hospitality of at least part of the student body -- one student opposed to the PD’s presence told the Post:

“I know students from every background and across every major. They don’t feel comfortable around cops. They just don’t. It makes safe spaces feel not so safe.”

Not surprisingly, the officers weren't sympathetic. “It’s not like we’re invading their campus," one said. "We’re only going there to use the bathroom.”

A much more blunt cop called the students “insane,” telling the Post, in no uncertain terms:

“Protester culture is warping their f***ing minds.”

We couldn't put it any better ourselves.