Darn it, Jeff. Freshmen are here on campus and I want to write about them, write some fun service journalism, but your checkered past is taking over the blog.
When last we checked in with the new director of DPS, he had been accused of negligence in a sexual assault case that was settled out of court, and he displayed a cavalier attitude towards his department’s apparent racial profiling. Van Slyke was at the University of Texas for 6 years, though, so he got up to a lot more mischief.
UTwatch.org catalogued some of Van Slyke’s misadventures. Besides the racial profile and sexual assault, under Van Slyke’s leadership UT police:
- bought semi-automatic pistols and shotguns, despite already having pistols
- worked with the FBI to put international student information in a vast, unreliable system meant to stop terrorism
- slammed a student’s head into a wall for chalking anti-war slogans
- infiltrated student groups by attending meetings undercover. An incident report filed by a UT police officer described her attending a pro-choice group meeting.
- fought to keep the locations of security cameras secret
I’m trying to find more information and substantiate these claims from UTWatch, but main campus paper The Daily Texan is having some search problems today. Their search doesn’t turn up any articles about Van Slyke, and that can’t be right.
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