NC Court: Davidson College Can Keep Police Force

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) -- North Carolina's Supreme Court says Davidson College in Raleigh is not too closely aligned with a
religious denomination to maintain its own police force.

The court ruled in a case involving a woman who was arrested on a street near Davidson College in 2006 by one of the school's police officers. The woman pleaded guilty to driving while impaired but later appealed on the grounds that Presbyterian-affiliated Davidson's police force violates First Amendment protections against the mingling of government and religion.

But the justices found that the campus police advance "Davidson's secular rather than religious activities." The court also found that Davidson College, a liberal arts school, has historic ties to the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) but is not a predominantly religious campus.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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