New York Police Department on Saturday attacked peaceful demonstrators who were protesting against the appointment of former CIA director David Petraeus as a lecturer at the City University of New York, Press TV reported.
The demonstrators were voicing opposition to the professorship of Petraeus at CUNY, calling him a “war criminal.”
Police arrested six protesters as dozens of university students marched on the sidewalk outside of Macaulay Honors College on Tuesday.
The footage showed one student being repeatedly struck in the ribs as police officers place him in handcuffs.
Academics ask Petraeus to resign
Meanwhile, a few days after a video first posted on “The Dissenter” went viral – depicting a demobilized student sitting face-down on the ground being punched in the kidney by a plain-clothed New York Police Department (NYPD) officer — City University of New York (CUNY)’s faculty and staff union voted “yes” unanimously on a resolution condemning both the six arrests and accompanying police repression, U.S. media reported on Sunday.
CUNY academics has signed a petition calling for charges against the arrested students to be dropped. They have also called for Petraeus to resign from his teaching role.
"As graduate students and educators of CUNY, we express our outrage at the violent and unprovoked actions by the NYPD against CUNY students peacefully protesting the appointment of war criminal David Petraeus as a lecturer at the Macaulay Honors College," a statement by scores of CUNY academics said.
"We deplore the use of violence and brutal tactics against CUNY students and faculty who were protesting outside the college," the statement added
"We call on CUNY to terminate Petraeus' appointment and to ask for the charges against these students to be dropped immediately," according to the statement.
Petraeus, who resigned from the CIA last year following his extramarital affair scandal, was offered a position as a visiting professor at CUNY.
The retired general played vital roles in the Iraq and Afghanistan wars during his military career.
Petraeus was responsible for training Iraqi forces during the US occupation. He was accused of ordering the intentional drone bombing of funerals and other civilian targets in Afghanistan, a war crime under the International Criminal Court.
The former four-star general has been a supporter of a military strike against Syria.
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