Brooklyn College’s director of public safety, Donald Wenz, is seeking to cater to cop-hating students by having police officers banned from using campus bathrooms, except for the broken-down facilities in a building on the far edge of campus.
A student-executed petition has been actively circulated, with the intention of banning cops from the taxpayer-funded campus. The petition was started by an unidentified student and has been sent to the desk of college president Michelle Anderson.
According to the school’s newspaper, The Excelsior, the petitioning student wants to make it clear “that we do not want the NYPD on campus in any respect even if it’s just to take breaks and use bathroom.”
A 21-year-old unnamed senior involved with the petition claimed that “people get triggered” by cops. “I know students from every background and across every major,” she said. “They don’t feel comfortable around cops. They just don’t. It makes safe spaces feel not so safe.”
In an interview with The Excelsior, Wenz claimed he’s been working to keep the NYPD away from the college.
The school’s restrooms are technically open to police officers, as of now, but Wenz and students at the college are pushing for a policy that will only allow cops to use the isolated West End Building, “rather than walking across either quad to use the bathroom.”
The New York Post reported on the condition of the West End Building bathrooms, which are located by the school’s tennis courts and athletic fields. In the first-floor men’s room, the report describes a broken toilet with an unkempt, stained seat and an “OUT OF ORDER” sign taped to the door. There was also no soap or paper towels provided.
A junior year student, who named himself ‘Abe’ in The Post report, said the West End Building is the worst place to go on the campus, part of the City University of New York system. “The bathroom is horrendous,” Abe said. “You can only wash your hands in one of the sinks because the other two are broken.”
In regards to the petition to exile cops, student-body president Nissim Said blamed the sentiments on an NYPD operation involving an undercover cop infiltrating the school’s Muslim community in search of Islamic terrorists.
That same undercover female cop helped federal agencies arrest two Queens women — Noelle Velentzas and Asia Siddiqui — in 2015. They now await trial on charges of possessing tanks of propane gas for an ISIS-inspired attack on the Big Apple and New York’s Finest.
Police who patrol the neighborhood around Brooklyn College were outraged at students’ hostility to law-enforcement personnel. “It’s not like we’re invading their campus,” one cop said to The Post. “We’re only going there to use the bathroom.”
Another cop, who chose to remain anonymous, called the students “insane,” adding, “That protester culture is warping their f–king minds.”
NYPD sergeants-union chief Ed Mullins suggested, “Maybe it’s time these students, who fail to recognize the value of those protecting them, go take classes abroad — where they can have their bathrooms all to themselves.”
Wenz told The Post that “we prefer” are the “keywords” regarding where cops should use the college’s bathrooms.
“If police are seen walking across the quad, some may interpret that as an emergency going on,” Wenz explained.