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Student murdered after pressure on police to pull back

9 comments, 193 views, posted 2:05 am 19/06/2019 in News by HariSeldon
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  • A student got shot in 2018 at Wake Forest University, after the university, pressured by allegations of racial bias, scaled back police presence.


  • His mother is now suing the school, claiming that Wake Forest bears culpability for the death with its policy change.


A North Carolina university is getting sued by a mother of a black student shot and killed at a campus party after the university, pressured by allegations of racial bias, scaled back police presence.

The mother of Najee Ali Baker, a Winston-Salem State football player, is suing Wake Forest University, claiming that the decision to reduce the police presence at campus parties after complaints that campus cops were racially biased led to the shooting at a January 2018 party.

"Due to the new lax security, countless people who were neither students at WFU, WSSU, nor any other institution of higher education in the area, wrongly gained entry to WFU’s campus and the party at The Barn,” the lawsuit states.

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“While we cannot speak to the specific details of the criminal act that occurred on campus, the tragic shooting of Najee Ali Baker was not related to the level of security at the event,” Wake Forest spokeswoman Katie Neal told the College Fix.

Wake Forest College Democrats did not respond to a request for comment in time for publication. The school’s College Republicans chapter declined to comment on the lawsuit but directed Campus Reform to former WFU student Ryan Wolfe, who sent an op-ed he wrote for The Wake Forest Review.

“Years before the tragic shooting outside of a Delta Sigma Theta party a few weeks also, the Office of Campus Life made policy choices [which] handcuffed the Wake Forest University Police Department’s ability to proactively police on our campus,” Wolfe said in the February 2018 piece.

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“The Wake Forest Police Department’s job is not to be the most diverse and inclusive on our campus, their job is to keep Wake Forest students, faculty, staff and visitors safe from the dangers that lurk outside our walls.”

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2:29 am 19/06/2019

elsels

Wow, that is crazy, but I think the lawsuit has a point.

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4:49 am 19/06/2019

Quaektem

Do you? Personally I would sue those that pushed for the reduction in security primarily, the school that caved to pressure secondarily. Why should the BLM, cop hating group that drove the change walk away without consequence? Honestly though, if colleges are smacked hard enough for catering to fringe idiocy perhaps they will wake up and stand up for what's right instead of catering to what's easy.

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1:19 pm 19/06/2019

griffin

Police are not culpable for the acts of criminals. Period. Further, courts have repeatedly found that the police are under no obligation to provide you with security, even if you are being assaulted right in front of them. Look up the cop who hid from a knife-wielding maniac in the NYC subway.

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2:31 pm 19/06/2019

elsels

Quote by Quaektem:
Do you? Personally I would sue those that pushed for the reduction in security primarily, the school that caved to pressure secondarily. Why should the BLM, cop hating group that drove the change walk away without consequence? Honestly though, if colleges are smacked hard enough for catering to fringe idiocy perhaps they will wake up and stand up for what's right instead of catering to what's easy.

I would hope and imagine that those fringe groups are included in the suit against the school. I did not read that they are suing the police, Inread that they are suing the college.

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2:46 pm 19/06/2019

Flee

So the uni was pressured by blacks to reduce police because of racial bias, which resulted in a black man being shot, and are now being sued for it?

This twists my brain.

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3:34 pm 19/06/2019

Vormid

It's an open campus, 475 people were attending the party.

Jakier Shanique Austin, a suspect in the Jan. 20 murder of Winston-Salem State University student Najee Ali Baker, has been arrested in Charlotte, NC. Austin was arrested on April 11, 2018, more than two months after the shooting on Wake Forest’s campus. Austin was on the run for over two months after shooting Baker in January.

Grief sucks, but they caught the guy who owns the blame...

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5:36 pm 19/06/2019

elsels

While that is true, it can be argued that the college by scaling the police back, in essence created an unsafe environment. This allowed opportunists to use it to their advantage to commit crimes and thus allowing the murder to take place.

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5:56 pm 19/06/2019

HariSeldon

I'm surprised this hadn't happened previously.

I am wondering what will happen when a cop fails to save the life of a citizen because the police officer was unsure if the suspect had a weapon or not. Whenever a cop guesses wrong, they are vilified. As far as I know such times were only when the police officer felt their life was in danger. What will happen when a child gets killed because the police officer hesitated because the perp may have been carrying a toy or a hairbrush

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7:35 pm 19/06/2019

Flee

Quote by elsels:
While that is true, it can be argued that the college by scaling the police back, in essence created an unsafe environment. This allowed opportunists to use it to their advantage to commit crimes and thus allowing the murder to take place.


That's a never ending blame game though. If this were allowed, then so would suing those that pressured the school, then those who created the reason for the pressure, then those who created the reason for the implied bias, etc, etc, etc.

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