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PSU students continue to protest armed campus security

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Portland State University students once again protested the school's decision to arm campus police in a battle that's gone on for more than two years.

Students are saying school leaders ignored opposition when they decided to create an armed police force in December 2014.

On Tuesday, students protested the decision but are also protesting the PSU Board of Trustees, arguing that decisions that affect them are made by a small group of people they did not elect.

Organizers said campus police who can carry guns make them worried about their safety.

PSU said arming campus officers will help boost safety.

"It's about the expansion of police power. It's about the expansion of what many would deem intrinsically racist police power," said PSU student Alyssa Pagan.

Portland State University released a statement to FOX 12 stating:

"While we support our student's right to free speech, the decision to create a sworn Portland State University police force was made by the Board of Trustees in 2014 after more than two years of study and debate with students, faculty, staff and the community. The Board has no plans to revisit that decision. A campus safety committee that includes students, faculty and administration helps oversee recruitment, training and accountability of campus police."

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