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Professor reportedly says 'cops need to be killed.' This is the laughable way his university responded.

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UC Davis professor Joshua Clover — who appears to be very anti-police based on his social media presence — reportedly said that police officers "need to be killed."

In response, his employing school has merely spoken out against Clover's remarks, which he made on Twitter.

What are the details?

The California Aggie reported that Clover — who is a poet in addition to a professor — crafted the following tweets and published them in 2014:

"I am thankful that every living cop will one day be dead, some by their own hand, some by others, too many of old age."

"I mean, it's easier to shoot cops when their backs are turned, no?"

In an interview with SF Weekly that recently resurfaced, Clover also called for violence against police officers.

When asked during the 2015 interview "what's wrong with society today," Clover responded, "People think that cops need to be reformed. They need to be killed."

In a statement, the university said, in part:

The UC Davis administration condemns the statement of Professor Clover to which you refer. It does not reflect our institutional values, and we find it unconscionable that anyone would condone much less appear to advocate murder. ... We support law enforcement, and the UC Davis Police Department and Chief Joe Farrow have been and remain critical partners to our community.

The college said that despite Clover's inflammatory remarks, they haven't received a "complaint of conduct" against the professor.

Dana Topousis with UC Davis said, "Public statements like those made by Professor Clover are accorded a high level of protection under the First Amendment."

Has Clover said anything further?

Clover issued a statement to The California Aggie, apparently standing by his inflammatory remarks.

He said, "I think we can all agree that the most effective way to end any violence against officers is the complete and immediate abolition of the police."

Clover added that he would "direct any further questions to the family of Michael Brown," an 18-year-old who was shot and killed by a Missouri police officer in 2014.

Clover told KOVR-TV that he will not hold his tongue when it comes to addressing such topics.

"On the day that police have as much to fear from literature professors as black kids do from police, I will definitely have a statement," he said. "Until then I have nothing further to add."

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