“People think that cops need to be reformed. They need to be killed.”
--UC Davis professor Joshua Clover via twitter.
"We call on UC Davis to take immediate action--and dismiss Mr. Clover from his duties at the university."
--Jack Armstrong & Joe Getty
A story in a college newspaper has brought attention to anti-police comments made by a UC Davis professor.
Nick Irvin is the Associate Opinion Editor for The California Aggie. Following the murder of Davis CA police officer Natalie Corona, Irvin sought to confirm comments said to have been made by UC Davis english professor--Joshua Clover.
The student's efforts revealed a collection of the professor's comments which specifically called for violence against police officers.
In 2014, Clover posted via his Twitter account, “I am thankful that every living cop will one day be dead, some by their own hand, some by others, too many of old age #letsnotmakemore”.
In a 2015 interview, Clover also stated that "People think that cops need to be reformed. They need to be killed".
Irvin joined The Armstrong & Getty Show to discuss his story, including his attempts to talk to the professor--as well as the school's reaction. The university has since issued a statement condemning Professor Clover's comments.
Regarding Clover, Joe Getty stated, "he is either mentally ill, or so thoroughly deluded by his own ideology that he's functionally mentally ill--and yet still employed". In reference to Professor Clover's position at the UC Davis, Jack Armstrong added that such a person should not be employed in an educational position--one that's funded by the taxpayer.
If you'd like to share your thoughts regarding Professor Clover's beliefs & comments, you can reach UC Davis' Provost and Executive Vice Chancellor Ralph J. Hexter at (530) 752-2065.
We ask you that you be respectful and reasonable while making your comments.
For those who'd like to know more about Professor Clover's poetry, an appearance on the YouTube series "Exhibitionist" provides an example...see below.