Students at UC Irvine have started a petition to get rid of the campus police department which they refer to as the slave patrol.

Campus Reform reports.

UC Irvine students call for destruction of ‘slave patrol’ campus police

The Black Student Union at the University of California, Irvine has called for the abolition of the campus police department, calling the very idea of policing “unethical.”

“The problem is that policing as an institution is unethical; it accompanies anti-Black violence,” the BSU writes in a petition, which as of this writing has a goal of 200 signatures.

The problem, according to the petition, traces back to a decision by the student government to ban the display of all flags, including the American flag, from the common area that is under its jurisdiction. In response, it alleges, university administrators subjected six student leaders to Soviet-style interrogation, complete with forced confessions.

“A non-deputized Black person could never do the following: hold six right-wing students hostage in an administration building, while violating their civil rights; make police protection from anonymous violence contingent upon them signing a document; and, force these students to apologize for refusing to fly red, black and green Black Liberation flags in their student organizations’ commons,” the petition reads…

The group demands that “UCIPD and any additional paramilitary force presence on campus be dismantled,” saying that contemporary police forces “are modern incarnations of the antebellum plantation and slave patrols.”