University of Virginia group protests ‘cops and robbers’ frat party they claim mocks mass incarceration

A University of Virginia fraternity came under fire Thursday after it hosted a “cops and robbers” party — an event a student group said mocked mass incarceration — but the frat turned the tables on protesters, calling the real police to complain about trespassing.

UVa Students United wrote on Facebook they shut down the Delta Psi frat house party Thursday because the event “made a joke of systems that kill and brutalize marginalized communities.”

The student group, which described itself on Facebook as “a coalition of students from around the university community taking direct action and organizing for a more accessible, democratic and inclusive UVa,” said police were called after the fraternity claimed the protesters were trespassing.


“Last night, a group of about twenty or so students shut down a ‘cops and robbers’ themed date function at the Hall, a fraternity on campus. This came after about an hour of confrontation between the students and party-goers, culminating in the frat calling the police on the students, on the grounds of trespassing,” UVa Students United wrote on Facebook. “The predominantly white members of this fraternity got to take their costumes off at the end of the night, people trapped in the prison system do not.”

The group said frat members were wearing orange jumpsuits, bandannas and chains and drew tattoos on themselves. Female party-goers wore “sexy cop” costumes.

“Historically, the police have justified violence against people of color in the name of protecting white women, and in wearing these costumes, these women made a joke of that legacy of violence,” the group wrote.

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