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PSU students rally against arming campus security

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Some students at Portland State University say they don't want an armed campus police force. About one hundred concerned students made their disapproval loud and clear Monday on campus.

PSU officials approved arming campus officer last December.

Protesters gathered to disrupt PSU's welcoming ceremony in an effort to show how unhappy they are about the decision.

The rally then spilled outside as they chanted "Disarm PSU" and "Black Lives Matter."

The protest was joined by members the Black Lives Matter movement.

Organizers of the protest said campus police who can carry guns make them worried about their safety, while PSU officials claim arming campus officers will help boost campus safety.

Last year, a safety task force report found that if there was a shooting on campus, PSU officers wouldn't be equipped to handle it.

However, opinion polls of both students and faculty at the school did not support arming campus officers.

“We feel we would be much safer without them, especially with the Portland Police Bureau office main precinct being about five blocks away.  So we don't see no real reason for having guns on campus and it makes me feel a lot less safe,” explained student Mason Ashwill. “And their reasons for doing it like help prevent sexual assault and take care of homeless people in some which I don't believe is true at all."

Under the plan, PSU will phase in the hiring of an estimated 12 police officers during the next three years.

It is noteworthy that the board didn't jump into the decision to arm campus officers, taking 18 months before they made their decision.

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