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Former Evergreen State College Police Chief In Talks To Settle Lawsuit With School

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Zachery Schmidt Contributor

The ghosts of Evergreen State College’s “Day of Absence” — a day when white students and faculty were encouraged not to show up to school so students and faculty of color could protest on campus — keep coming back to haunt the school.

Stacy Brown, the former police chief at Evergreen, is talking to school to settle a tort against the school. Brown sought $625,000 in damages from the school, according to The Olympian. (RELATED: Evergreen College Will Replace Day When It Asks White Students To Leave Campus)

The tort claims Brown faced “open hostility on an almost daily basis from students, student employees, faculty and staff.” Her tenure got off to a rocky start when protesters disrupted her swearing-in ceremony, blocking the podium and chanting “(expletive) cops!”

The Olympian reported Brown alleged that “college administrators failed to protect her from gender-based discrimination and a hostile work environment.”

All this alleged harassment happened while she was the police chief of Evergreen State during the 2016–2017 school year. Brown’s alleged harassment hit a tipping point during the 2017 Day of Absence. (RELATED: Evergreen State College Students Resurrect No-Whites-Allowed ‘Day Of Absence’)

Usually on the Day of Absence minority students and faculty members met to discuss campus problems off campus. However, the idea switched to where white people were asked to leave campus for a day. The school discontinued its Day of Absence after 2017 protests and counter-protests about the issue.

Evergreen State previously settled with Bret Weinstein and Heather Heying for $500,000, according to the Seattle Times.

The school is cutting more than 10 percent of its 2018-2019 operating budget due to declining enrollment, according to The Olympian.

Brown’s attorney Christopher John Coker alleged in a letter “there was not only a pervasive hostility towards law enforcement.” Also, some hostility “was based on her gender and, at times her race,” according to the Cooper Point Journal.

The letter further went on to say “[Brown] was subjected to discriminatory actions and comments from College employees and College administration.”

Evidence cited was a flier on the school’s campus depicting her in a racially and sexual manner.

Brown took a $15,000 pay cut after she resigned to become a patrol officer, according to the Olympian.