By Jaisal Noor
Tensions over the authorization of private police for Johns Hopkins boiled over Friday, when university officials threatened a prominent Baltimore activist with legal action if she went on campus to participate in a student sit-in.
The university informed the attorney of Tawanda Jones she would not be allowed on school grounds due to “safety concerns.” Jones is the sister of Tyrone West, an African-American man who was killed by police during a car stop in 2013. His death was controversial and Jones has been calling for the officers involved to be charged.
In a statement, a Hopkins spokesperson said the ban was prompted by concerns students were occupying a building after it was closed.
“We are asking for protest gatherings to remain outdoors, and we are reminding protesters and others that entering the building when it is closed (6pm to 7am on weekdays and during the weekend) is a violation of the university conduct code and is trespassing.”
Protesters have been demanding the university end its multi-million dollar contract with ICE and abandon efforts to deploy a private police force on campus. State legislators passed a law earlier this year authorizing the…