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PSU students 'mobilizing hundreds' to attend board meeting, want campus police disarmed

Hundreds of students are expected to pack into the Portland State University Board of Trustees meeting on Oct. 4, 2018. Many students want campus police disarmed. KATU photo

On Thursday morning, hundreds of students are expected to pack into the Portland State University Board of Trustees meeting. Many students want campus police disarmed.

To accommodate the larger crowd, PSU changed its location to Lincoln Hall in a room that can fit many more people.

In a news release, reps with the student union state they plan to "mobilize hundreds" of students to attend the meeting.

For 11 days now, since the start of the fall term, student demonstrators have been camping outside of the Campus Safety Office, "occupying" the space in honor of Jason Washington who was shot and killed by campus police over the summer.

"The PSU Student Union believes that this Board of Trustees meeting will be a site of major significance in the #DisarmPSU campaign," the statement reads.

The student union's always protested the move, since before university leaders decided to arm campus police officers back in 2015. Washington's death has re-energized the movement.

A grand jury cleared the officers of any criminal wrongdoing, but protesters want the officers fired, and a permanent memorial on campus in Washington's honor.

Rahmat Shoureshi, PSU's president, has ordered two outside independent reviews because of this controversial case. The first is a review of the shooting itself, and the second review explores the policies and procedures surrounding campus police.

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