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Students Push UC to Abolish Police Departments

Ahmad Mahmuod was headed home from the library late one night during his freshman year at the University of California at Berkeley when he sensed someone following him. 

The person’s shadow came closer, and then a voice called out, “Young man.”

Mahmuod recounts that he turned to see an officer with the campus police, who asked to see his identification. Hands shaking, Mahmuod told the officer he was going to reach into his pocket, then slowly retrieved his student ID card. Even after seeing the ID, however, the officer continued to ask questions, Mahmuod says. What was Mahmuod studying? Could he name the mascot of the Cal football team?

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