Friday, March 26, 2010

Student Body President should resign...

Recently, UF Police cited Student Body President Jordan Johnson with disorderly conduct. Click here to read the police report.

About 1:45 am on the night of the altercation, Johnson demanded SNAP (Student Nighttime Auxiliary Patrol) take him and his girlfriend to his off campus residence. (SNAP is funded by Student Government and its purpose is tp provide nightly escorts anywhere on campus).

When SNAP refused Johnson became rude and belligerent, and threatened Student Government should pull the organization's funding. SNAP called the police who questioned a very intoxicated Johnson. He refused to cooperate with police and had to be placed in wrist restraints. According to the report, when police inquired into his identity, he replied:

"You know who I am."

It turns out the police had to ask him again because they had no clue to his identity. He was rude and uncooperative with police.When Johnson was given the report to sign, initially he refused, saying he'd rather go to jail however when he was told just how bad things would get if he went to jail, he changed his mind (who wouldn't?).

By the way, the Alligator makes mention of how Johnson's attorney has in the past represented 23 UF football players. This is not pertinent but I thought I would throw it in there as an item of interest...

While Johnson has said this won't happen again, I don't think that is enough. I think he should have resigned. Johnson is in a position of power, authority and importance. Not only is he our President but he is also a member of the UF Board of Trustees. Yes, he was drunk, but that is not an excuse for his behavior.

When Johnson engaged in this behavior, we the students should have sent a message. No individual in a position of authority in Student Government or within University Administration called for his resignation. Though the police report states his case is being referred to Judicial Affairs, I doubt he will get more than a slap on the wrist.

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