By Zainab Iqbal
Published: November 15th, 2017
The New York Police Department (NYPD) has permission from Brooklyn College to use the bathrooms on campus, according to Director of Public Safety Donald Wenz.
Though all of the comfort stations are accessible to the NYPD on campus, Wenz said the college prefers for the cops to use the ones in the West End Building (WEB), “rather than walking across either quad to use the bathroom,” he told The Excelsior.
At the “Watched” film screening on campus two weeks ago, students were able to talk and share their concerns about feeling safe on campus. “Watched” is a documentary about an NYPD informant surveilling Muslim students on campus for four years. One student shared that he believes the NYPD should not be allowed to be on campus, regardless of whether or not it’s just to use the bathroom.
“I disagree with them being on campus,” the student said. “Especially allowing them to use the building where student groups are held.”
The student also said he was in the midst of drafting a petition to BC President Michelle Anderson, urging her to make a statement, “that we do not want the NYPD on campus in any respect even if it’s just to take breaks and use bathroom,” he said.
The Excelsior reached out to the student for comment, but did not receive a response in time for print.