November 18, 2006
Dear President Robert C. Dynes, UCLA Acting Chancellor Norman Abrams, and Chief Karl T. Ross,
We support the Universityâ€™s decision to conduct an independent investigation of the recent excessive and unnecessary force used against Mostafa Tabatabainejad at the UCLA Powell Library. We insist that this incident be investigated as one of racial profiling. This is a case of police brutality and warrants decisive action. As students, we hold our safety on campus as a high priority. The administration of UCLA must recognize that in order to ensure student safety they must meet the demands of the student body to be directly engaged in the independent investigation. We support the coalition of over 50 UCLA student organizations in their call for the immediate suspension of the officers involved and the removal of tasers from campus police arsenal. We will monitor the investigative bodyâ€™s progress, transparency, and accountability. The academic community across the nation is watching.
The Northwest Students for a Democratic Society Convention