Campus News – The Aggie
Petition demanding professor’s termination signed by 10,000, given to UC Davis officials
California Assemblyman James Gallagher held a press conference outside of Mrak Hall on March 13 demanding the termination of Joshua Clover, a professor of English and comparative literature at UC Davis, over comments he made on his personal Twitter account, which is now private, in 2014, and in a 2016 interview in which he said: “People think that cops need to be reformed. They need to be killed.”
At the event, Gallagher presented the UC Davis administration with a petition with 10,000 signatures demanding the university fire Clover. Also present at the event was the President of the California Police Chiefs Association Ronald Lawrence and Linda Mobilio-Keeling, the widow of Officer Davis Frank Mobilio.
Clover’s comments came to light in an opinion article published in The California Aggie last month. The article, published on Feb. 27, included a couple of Clover’s tweets from 2014 where he wrote, “I am thankful that every living cop will one day be dead.”
The Aggie reached out to Clover for a comment on these sentiments and he responded with this statement: “I think we can all agree that the most effective way to end any violence against officers is the complete and immediate abolition of the police.” In response to The Sacramento Bee’s request for comment on the tweets, Clover responded with a different statement: “On the day that police have as much to fear from literature professors as Black kids do from police, I will definitely have a statement.”
UC Davis released a statement which included a statement Provost Ralph Hexter provided to The Aggie which condemned Clover’s statements. The statement addressed the “continued interest” from the public over the matter and clarified that “only the UC Board of Regents can dismiss a tenured faculty member.”
Chancellor Gary May has since asked UC …