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Tuesday, December 05, 2023

Although the student protest ended Tuesday afternoon, debate about the University Police shooting of UF graduate student Kofi Adu-Brempong continued at Tuesday night’s Senate meeting.

A group of about 30 students and concerned members of the community attended to support a resolution calling for an Alachua County grand jury investigation of the shooting.

After about two and a half hours of debate over the wording of the legislation and whether or not it unfairly attacked the intentions of the entire University Police Department, senators voted unanimously to pass the resolution.

The original wording of the resolution called for a grand jury investigation of the incident. Members of the Unite Party proposed changes to the wording of original resolution. They called for an investigation, but not necessarily by a grand jury, that could imply criminal acts by UPD .

The new resolution does call for an investigation by an Alachua County grand jury, but includes a clause defending the honorable intentions of UPD.

Unite Party Sen. Ben Meyers said the resolution should defend Adu-Brempong and UPD.

“It denies any notion that UPD in any way intended to cause a tragedy or sought to inflict harm on any human being and had no other intention than to protect the University of Florida Student Body,” he said.

Dave Schneider, one of the organizers of Tuesday’s protest, said a grand jury investigation simply allows the public to know the details of what happened at the shooting.

“I’m urging [senators] to say this is unacceptable,” Schneider said.

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