Evergreen State Police Chief Resigns: ‘We Should Have Rifles’

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The police chief of The Evergreen State College resigned after the campus administration would not let her or her officers have access to rifles, according to a Wednesday report.

Stacy Brown resigned as chief of Evergreen’s Police Services, according to The Olympian. Campus protesters demanded Brown’s firing in May. The students leveled allegations of racism against Brown and held signs with messages such as “Black lives matter: End the injustice.”

“We do have handguns; we do not have rifles,” noted Brown to the Washington state Senate Law & Justice Committee in June. “We are the only state university that does not have rifles for active shooter situations.”

Evergreen’s campus closed for multiple days in June, citing an external threat. (RELATED: Evergreen State Cancels Classes For Third Day In A Row Following ‘External Threat’)

When the committee asked whether the department did not have rifles because of a philosophical or funding issue, Brown noted that there was a philosophical discrepancy and reported that the school prevented the department from arming itself with the firearms.

“It concerns me greatly; we should have rifles, in my opinion,” said Brown.

“This issue has been with Evergreen for many years,” said George Bridges, Evergreen’s president. “We’re looking at that issue.”

Bridges noted his gratitude for the resigning police chief in a statement obtained by The Olympian and Bret Weinstein, the professor who bore the brunt of the May protests after he refused to participate in a day of racial segregation. (RELATED: Evergreen State Professor Who Stood Athwart Racist Bullies Is Now Suing School For $3.8 Million)

“The baiting and stigmatizing of Brown began at her swearing in, and continued throughout her tenure as chief,” said Weinstein to The Olympian. “The fact that the college administration encouraged the frequently illegal actions of the protesters, and tied the hands of the police, made Brown’s job all but impossible.”

The Daily Caller News Foundation reached out to Evergreen, as well as the campus police department for comment, but received none in time for press.

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