Image from campusreform.org
Universities are developing a deserved reputation for places that act as little fascist states, only allowing speech that the University Administration agrees with, or is considered "politically correct". The University of Alabama has lived up to the reputation by citing a student who was peacefully wearing an empty holster in a protest over the Universitity's no weapon policy. The campus police explicitly say that they are citing the student because "someone called it in". The campus policy does not prohibit holsters. The citation is for "Engaging in activities that threaten the safety of the campus community" and for a general prohibition on engaging in conduct that violates university rules.
In practise, this is a gag on any protest that the administration disagrees with. From campusreform.org:
“Is this just because I have a holster on me?” Parten asks the officer after turning over his identification.
“Yeah, it is, because somebody called it in,” the officer replies matter-of-factly. “You know there's a no-weapons policy out here, but still you want to push it.”
“Uh ... this is a protest,” Parten submits after a short pause, evidently caught off-guard by the notion that an empty holster might violate the policy.
“Did you get permission to wear it?” the officer queries him.
“I don't need permission to wear it,” Parten replies confidently.
“You need permission from the university.”
“To wear a holster?” he asks with undisguised incredulity.
Standing his rhetorical ground, the officer simply shrugs off the challenge and says, “There's a no-weapons policy here.”
“It's not a weapon.”
“I understand that,” the officer concedes. “Take it up with Dean of Students, then, because y'all are gonna be written up for disciplinary [sic], and I will put in there your attitude, you understand?”
There is a video at the site that shows the interaction taking place. If you want to see how free speech is chilled, watch it. When "progressive" fascists on the left want to scream, protest, shut down speakers they disagree with, and take over buildings, "progressives" call it free speech. When freedom fighters attempt the slightest expression of disapproval, their speech is shut down.
For "progressives" free speech means the freedom to agree with them.
UPDATE [via al.com]: The citation was thrown out, the two cops were forced to apologize to the holster carriers, and the cop that issued the citation, Officer David Turppa, was suspended for a week without pay.
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