A member of the University of Minnesota’s student government was caught on video imploring her peers to make the lives of police officers “hell” by placing bogus calls for help.
Lauren Meyers is the chief financial officer of the Minnesota Student Association and the co-chair of the Office for Student Affairs Mental Health committee. During a video conference with fellow members of the MSA, Meyers instructed her fellow student government members to use several tactics to “annoy the s*** out of” campus law enforcement.
During the video call, another student asked Meyers, “When you say disrupt UMPD, what exactly do you mean by that?”
Meyers replied, “Make their lives hell. Annoy the s*** out of them. Like, use up their resources, make their officers show up to something.”
Here it is. We received a copy of the video that was deleted from Reddit. #UMN Student Association Rep Lauren Meyer… https://t.co/BfMTWJFV7R
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The Minnesota Police and Peace Officers Association and Law Enforcement Labor Services issued a joint statement on Tuesday, where the police unions called for an investigation into the situation and warned that making phony 911 calls can be a felony.
“Minnesota law prohibits using emergency calls to report a false emergency or crime, and claims that lead to serious injury or death is a felony publishable by 10 years imprisonment and/or a maximum fine of $20,000,” the letter reads.
Minnesota Police and Peace Officers Association Executive Director Brian Peters added, “Actively planning to thwart UMPD by generating false calls for help is insulting to the overwhelming majority of the campus community that rely on public safety services.”
“Last month the campus community had 13 incidents of aggravated assault, 52 burglaries, 22 car thefts, 4 sexual assaults, numerous thefts, and a murder on or near campus,” Peters continued. “We’re frustrated that elected student leaders would purposefully choose to stir further division to make the campus less safe.”
Law Enforcement Labor Services Executive Director Jim Mortenson said, “Everyone deserves to be safe, and advocating to impede police from assisting victims of crime is mindboggling.”
The police unions called for an outside agency to “conduct a