I would like to apologize and take responsibility for my actions that have compromised the University of New Haven and put the community in a difficult position with regard to my discussions with Sheriff David Clarke to speak at the University.Sheriff Clarke is an outspoken defender of the Second Amendment, and a blunt critic of Black Lives Matter (BLM).
I approached Sheriff Clarke in June about speaking at the Markle Symposium. In the subsequent weeks, I exchanged multiple emails with his assistant about logistics. I was not completely accurate, though, with the information I shared with University officials. I indicated that Sheriff Clarke made a series of demands around his travel arrangements. I unintentionally misrepresented what the Sheriff asked for.
Ultimately, in collaboration with the dean of the Henry C. Lee College of Criminal Justice and Forensic Sciences, we decided not to finalize his arrangements to visit campus when it was determined his appearance could potentially become politically polarizing in light of the imminent presidential election. My colleagues and I in the Lee College determined that this talk would be more appropriate for another time.
Sheriff Clarke says that when his assistant was contacted about the cancellation, he was told that it was because Sheriff Clarke has vocally opposed Black Lives Matter. From fox61.com:
According to Clarke, his assistant was told by a representative at UNH that it was due to his very vocal in his stance against the Black Lives Matter movement, which he refers to as Black Lies Matter.The only reason this is being discussed is that the alumni and students got word of the cancellation at New Haven and were not happy about it. A student, Brian Shamrock started a petition to force an apology. New Haven University is felt the heat, and were compelled to offer the explanation. According to bluelivesmatter.blue:
“The gentleman was very apologetic, he was sincere, he felt bad about having to make the call but he said they were pulling back the invitation and were dis-inviting,” Sheriff Clark told FOX 61 over the phone. “He said people at the university didn’t like some of the things I’ve said about Black Lives Matter.”
Sheriff Clarke had recently impressed a Senior Lecturer, Patrick Malloy, who saw him speak at the International Association of Financial Crime Investigators-Connecticut Chapter, Spotlight on Fraud IV Training Conference. As a result, on June 24, 2016, Sheriff David Clarke was invited to be the keynote speaker.I feel for Patrick Malloy. He was put in a difficult position. He thought he could invite a prominent Sheriff to speak about forensics at a Criminal Justice and Forensics school without checking with Black Lives Matter and the censors of political correctness. He did not know that Sheriff Clarke supported the Second Amendment. He did not know the Sheriff opposed BLM. As a plus, the Sheriff was black and a great speaker. It was a big mistake.
I suspect he was under tremendous pressure to prevent Sheriff Clarke from appearing. The intimidation, threats, and criminal activity at Black Lives Matter protests is enough to place significant pressure on anyone, but especially someone who did not understand that it would be deployed against them, when they made an innocent decision.
The smear may have been unintentional. Malloy says it was.
It is the insidious form of censorship known as political correctness.
A Senior Lecturer at New Haven University, Patrick Malloy, smears a black sheriff for political purposes, to stop him from speaking. And he gets a pass. It appears that Malloy was well intended, but he and the college succumbed to the thuggish tactics of BLM.
It does not bode well for the future of the United States.
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