Speech to Text for New bill aims to disarm campus police
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starts now! announcer says, "live local late breaking, this is kezi 9 news at 5" police on the university of oregon campus won't be able to patrol campus with guns -- if a proposed bill becomes law. thank you for joining us... i'm matt templeman. and i'm renee mccullough. it would also include portland state university. representative diego hernandez introduced the student sponsored bill last month, and it's been causing controversy ever since. kezi 9 news reporter joins us live in the studio -- to show us what community members think about it. jillian. matt...renee... this bill is definitely getting mixed reaction from students at the university of oregon. some tell me they're for it... because they think it will reduce chances of being profiled by police. but others say they don't think it's a good idea -- because they wont be fully protected if needed. harris, "say there actually is a dangerous individual and a police officer is unarmed....that puts the police officer in danger and everyone else around them in danger as well." kennedy harris is one of many students who told me she understands why students want this bill to become law. but thinks there's a better option -- that will eliminate many of the issues students face -- that doesn't go straight to disarming police. harris, "they need to be less as a security blanket and more as a last resort." she says there needs to be a shift in the way they're used so that minorities feel less threatened around armed officers and more protected. but some students say police should be more worried about students well being and less concerned about guns being necessary. ayo, "depending on the situation there are ways to access situations and take control of situations without having firearms." bridge: if the bill passes uopd won't be allowed to carry firearms while they're on patrol but they still can have guns....inside their headquarters. i reached out to the university of oregon police department to see how they're responding to the proposal, but they didn't want to sit down for an interview. instead they sent a statement saying.... "this bill would harm the uo's ability to maintain a safe campus and deliver these important services for our students and the broader eugene community." if the bill does become law, some students think it will have a ripple effect. the first public hearing on this bill will be next thursday at 1 o clock. and if it passes...it would take effect on january first. live in the studio jillian smukler kezi 9 news.