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Penn President Amy Gutmann joins protesters in a "die-in" at her annual holiday party on December 9, 2014.

Credit: Luke Chen , Luke Chen

To all Police Officers, staff and employees of the University of Pennsylvania,

As president of the Penn Police Association/University of Penn Fraternal Order of Police Lodge #113, I am appalled that the President of this fine University would give in to the pressures of the uninformed mob mentality surrounding the Michael Brown case and participate in a "die-in."

No one condones police brutality. Nevertheless, conveniently glossed over by the protestors and many media accounts are these facts: The grand jury report disputed all eyewitness testimony and fully exonerated the officer.

Our President is fond of calling us "her" officers, and publicly states that she will always support us. To have her participate in such a disrespectful act is not, in any way, "support," and proves that she does not have the backs of "her " officers. It is a slap in the face to every person that wears this uniform and serves this University.

In sum, the President of such a prestigious and diverse University should rely on facts instead of what she thinks will play to the public. As a supervisor of law enforcement employees, she should at the very least remain neutral and not give in to mob mentality.

Eric J. Rohrback


Penn Police Association

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