by Lizzy Acker and Maxine Bernstein
August 13, 2020
Portland State University announced Thursday that campus safety officers will no longer carry guns during patrol.
The move comes as Portland nears 80 days of continuous protests against police violence and systemic racism.
Students at Portland State have lobbied to get guns removed from campus security. It was one of the issues that caused students and supporters to shut down a governing board meeting at the school in 2016.
In 2018, Navy veteran Jason Washington was killed by a campus police officer during a melee outside of the Cheerful Tortoise. The killing of Washington, who was Black, renewed calls to take guns away from campus safety.