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University statement on texts and emails from NIPAS officers

Following is a statement from Northwestern University.

Northwestern objects to the language used by police officers from the Northern Illinois Police Alarm System (NIPAS) in emails and texts that recently were made public. We are disturbed by the threats of violence directed against students who were exercising freedom of expression and freedom of assembly. These officers work independently from the University and are not members of the Northwestern University Police Department.

We offer unwavering support for members of our community who participate in peaceful protests to effect change — including students who have been advocating for changes to public safety approaches on our campus and beyond.

We thank our students for bringing this to light through Freedom of Information Act requests. Their safety is paramount.