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Coalition Against Police Brutality starts up again

Coalition Against Police Brutality starts up again

A University of North Texas Police squad car sits outside of the Sullivant Safety Center. Dylan Nadwodny | Staff Photographer

Coalition Against Police Brutality starts up again
February 25
00:35 2016

Laura Cortez | Staff Writer

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The Denton Coalition Against Police Brutality wants to be a more active group and is making an effort to be more prominent in helping students and locals fight back against perceived acts of overzealous police work.

Formed in 2014, the group consists of leaders from UNT’s Feminist Majority Leadership Alliance and the UNT NAACP chapter. It was created in response to the death of Eric Garner, who was filmed as he was suffocated to death by a police officer.

More recently, the coalition has had its gaze on the UNT police, since Cpl. Stephen Bean shot and killed Ryan McMillan, 21, over winter break. Members reached out to McMillan’s family to support them.

“Twenty-one-year-olds acting dumb don’t deserve to be shot in the street,” group administrator Kelsy Fryman said. “That was obviously a big problem for us and something that we wanted to see how to take this and in what way would be more respectful for his family and the people around him.”

Group administrator Ian Campbell received information through the Freedom of Information Act that showed the amount of “less-lethal weapon inventory” campus police posses. These weapons include tasers with and without cameras and rubber bullets.

“I do not know if the officer was equipped with any of these at the time and, if not, I think that is problematic,” Campbell said.

Speaking on his own behalf, though this was a fast-moving situation warranting immediate action, Campbell believes this fatal outcome could have been avoided.

“I hope this shooting starts an inward reflection on part of the department and the administration,” Campbell said. “And I would like to see a training much more rigorously focused on de-escalation come out of this.”

The website Killed By Police lists every death by police for 2015. The total count for the year was 1,205, with 127 in July as the highest number of killings and 83 in June as the fewest.

The Denton Coalition Against Police Brutality encourages students to be activists in response to police-involved violence.

To continue its pursuits to promote activism, the coalition will attend the Dallas Action’s Nonviolent Disobedience training from noon to 3 p.m. Saturday at the Dallas Peace Center.

Featured Image: A University of North Texas Police squad car sits outside of the Sullivant Safety Center. Dylan Nadwodny | Staff Photographer

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