By Jon Dougherty
Two female students who live-streamed their taunting and name-calling of Border Patrol agents during their visit to a forum at the University of Arizona are being charged with criminal action by campus police.
“I want to update you on developments regarding last week’s incident with the Border Patrol officers on campus and to reaffirm the University of Arizona’s relationship with the leadership and the women and men serving in U.S. Customs and Border Protection,” university President Robert C. Robbins wrote in a statement that was published online March 29.
“The incident between the protesting students and the Criminal Justice club members was a dramatic departure from our expectations of respectful behavior and support for free speech on this campus,” he continued.
“University police determined today they will be charging two of the students with interference with the peaceful conduct of an educational institution, a misdemeanor.”
He added that campus police are continuing to investigate “additional criminal violations,” and that the Dean’s office will review potential student code of conduct breaches as well. In addition, Robbins said the actions of UA employees are being scrutinized.
The protesters live-streamed themselves barging into a meeting of the school’s Criminal Justice Association where the agents had been asked to speak.
The protesters followed the agents out of the room chanting “murder patrol.” The videos quickly went viral on social media.
They follow them on their way out of the school continuing to yell Murder Patrol. Additionally, they meet up with a large group of far-left protesters chanting "Police and ICE same shit twice."
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— Lone Conservative (@LoConservative) March 20, 2019
And these lunatics claim POTUS Donald Trump has mental problems.
Still, college campuses all over the country are encouraging and enabling this lunacy so it’s not surprising to see it.
What is refreshing, however, is seeing a university take appropriate legal action against students when such action is obviously warranted.
For his part, UA president Robbins issued the standard supportive response about ‘freedom of speech.’ But to his credit, he also acknowledged that others have rights, too, such as the freedom to assemble peacefully and allow their views to be expressed or heard.
“The student club and the CBP officers invited by the students should have been able to hold their meeting without disruption,” Robbins’ statement said. “Student protest is protected by our support for free speech, but disruption is not.”
“As a community of scholars, we need to be more thoughtful and deliberative in how we approach these issues and work together to sustain vigorous conversations to find better solutions,” Robbins added.
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