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PROVIDENCE (AP) — Faculty union leaders at the University of Rhode Island are demanding the school take several steps before instituting a plan to give guns to campus police, including outside oversight on using force.
The executive committee of the URI chapter of the American Association of University Professors voted this week to demand that a new use-of-force policy being developed be approved by the attorney general.
It also wants the attorney general’s office to oversee and adjudicate complaints about excessive use of force brought against campus police.
Those are among several demands the union’s leadership is making following university President David Dooley’s decision last week to arm campus police.
URI is the only public university in the nation that does not arm its campus police, although Frank Annunziato, the union’s executive director, points out that the state’s other public colleges, Rhode Island College and the Community College of Rhode Island, have chosen not to arm police on their campuses.