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Students demonstrate against racism, police brutality in on-campus march

Derrick Buie attends the Equal Justice March and Vigil on Sept. 4 at Mercer University.
September 8, 2020
Approximately 400 Mercer students, faculty and staff marched through campus Sept. 4 protesting racism and police brutality in Mercer’s first Equal Justice March and Vigil. Afterwards, over 100 demonstrators gathered in Willingham Hall for a rally and vigil where protest organizers read the names of Black people killed in high-profile instances of police brutality and racism in efforts to raise greater awareness of racism in America.

Mercer Police Blotter: Hit and run, theft by taking, domestic violence and sexual assault

Mercer Police is located on the edge of campus on Winship Street. Archived photo by Jenna Eason
November 21, 2019
This semester, Mercer Police responded to numerous incidents on and around campus. Kyle Sears, director of media relations at Mercer University, provided redacted police reports.

“Our priority is to keep you safe”: Campus parking restrictions possible after five tickets

There are currently 21 students who have been barred from parking on Mercer’s campus after accumulating too many tickets.
November 5, 2019
There are currently 21 students who have been barred from parking on Mercer’s campus. Mercer’s Chief of Police said that students can be restricted from parking in certain places on campus after accumulating too many parking tickets in a single semester.

Macon at night: Catcalling, harassment and why victims don’t report

A Mercer student walks across the street in Mercer Village late at night.
October 11, 2019
After being followed across campus by a stranger at 2 a.m., I asked Mercer Police if the office had collected any data on similar student experiences and asked two women about navigating Macon at night.

Mercer Police looks to clear parking confusion

A car with a ticket on the windshield.
April 10, 2019

Mercer University Police, or Merpo, have responded to student concerns throughout the semester about parking rules and tickets on campus. In an email to students March 8, Merpo said that fines were...

Students report case of battery, three vehicle break-ins over summer

Students report case of battery, three vehicle break-ins over summer
August 28, 2016
A Mercer student reported being the victim of simple battery this summer when an unknown suspect entered his dorm room and placed a pair of men’s underwear over his face before striking him.

Do not cross: Student reports sexual assault

Do not cross: Student reports sexual assault
May 16, 2016

A Mercer student reported that she was sexually assaulted April 9 at one of the Mercer loft buildings. According to the Mercer police report filed April 11, they were dispatched to the Medical Center...

Garden Apartments targeted in string of weekend crimes

Garden Apartments targeted in string of weekend crimes
April 14, 2016

Mercer University students were targets in a string of weekend crimes following Bearstock Saturday April 9. The most violent involved a Mercer University student being robbed at gunpoint inside...

Mercer student robbed at gunpoint in 1503 Garden Apartments

Mercer student robbed at gunpoint in 1503 Garden Apartments
April 10, 2016

A Mercer University student was robbed at gunpoint inside of his room at the 1503 Garden Apartments Saturday night. Two men entered the on-campus apartment around 11:30 p.m. and the pair made off with...

Do Not Cross: Crime Slows on Campus

Do Not Cross: Crime Slows on Campus
March 30, 2016

The past month has been a quiet one for the Mercer Police department. From Feb. 15 to March 16, only three criminal incidents were reported. Two of the three crimes were thefts by taking. Feb. 15 Mercer...

Campus carry bill explained, Mercer sees no changes

The campus-carry bill has made it through the House of Representatives and Senate of Georgia's General Assembly and waits on Governor Nathan Deal's decision.
March 17, 2016

The Georgia House of Representatives passed a bill Feb. 22 to legalize the carry of concealed weapons on public college campuses. Bill 859, otherwise known as “Campus Carry,” allows any student...

MerPo dispatcher writes book on ministry

Tonia Wilkes, who works dispatcher for Mercer Police, answers the phone to handle a student complaint. She said she tries to maintain a calm and soft tone whenever she answers the phone.
March 17, 2016

Tonia Wilkes faces high-stress situations working as a Mercer Police dispatcher, but her own life experiences have taught her how to cope with crisis. Wilkes opened up about the most difficult thing...

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