by Sam Hieb
Durham Herald-Sun reports:
UNC interim Chancellor Kevin Guskiewicz on Monday named the members of a new commission to look at campus policing and said the university has hired an outside consultant to review incidents of the past several months, most of them involving Silent Sam.
Immediately, some students and faculty questioned how effective the Campus Safety Commission and consultant would be, and how much input other students and faculty would get in their work.
In announcing the commission members, Guskiewicz said he had met with different campus groups over the past several weeks and had heard from them ways to improve “equity and inclusion on campus, while working to eradicate racism, extremism and all forms of hate.”
What’s problematic for Guskiewicz’s plan is one of the student organizers of the protests against the Silent Sam statue calls the commission “a public relations move” and –according to the Herald-Sun– doesn’t trust that a former police officer can look objectively for problems within the UNC Police department. She’s referring to former Chapel Hill Police Chief Brian Curran, who was named as one of the 20 commission members along with a mix students, faculty and administration members, community organizers and and private citizens.