Coulter gets an unusual support after Berkeley speech cancellation: the ACLU

Coulter gets an unusual support after Berkeley speech cancellation: the ACLU

Coulter gets an unusual support after Berkeley speech cancellation: the ACLU

Police and university officials said they were still preparing for possible violence and protests whether Coulter comes to campus or not.

Dirks said that for an inside event, the university would have metal detectors and other ways to search for weapons, but security will be much more hard in a public outdoor space. Coulter said she could not make that date and accused the school of an effort to limit her audience, noting that it fell in a study week ahead of final exams.

The internal vice president of Berkeley College Republicans confirmed to BuzzFeed News last week that "not enough time was given to the university to plan the event".

It said that the university had failed to provide security, a room for "hundreds" of people and several other demands it had made. "On college campuses, that means that the best way to combat hateful speech is through counter-speech, vigorous and creative protest, and debate, not threats of violence or censorship", ACLU National Legal Director David Cole said.

They then rescheduled for next week, but she said she would go on the original date anyway.

So was the response on February 1: After the university went on lockdown and police urged university officials to cancel controversial writer Milo Yiannopoulos' speech - which they did - President Donald Trump raised the threat of pulling federal funding from the public school.

Troy Worden, left, president of the Young Republicans and their attorney Harmeet Dhillon, right, talk with the media during a press conference held by the Berkeley College Republicans in Sproul Plaza on the University of California, Berkeley campus in Berkeley, Calif., on Wednesday, April 26, 2017.

The heckler's veto of Coulter's Berkeley speech is a loss for the 1st Amendment. "We're always looking for someone who's a huge draw that we can sell tickets, we just had no idea it was going to be this off the charts, because Ann Coulter is hot right now". Berkeley police did not respond to a request for comment.

Coulter's plan to speak had created a war of words on the campus roiled by recent protests. The law doesn't allow "masked antifa protesters" to threaten people at will, like they did during the Milo Yiannopoulos riots in Berkeley when city police "didn't lift a finger" to stop thugs.

Despite that, Coulter had held out hope Tuesday of speaking somewhere on campus - but didn't know where. She said, "I'm so sorry Berkeley had a different story every 20 minutes, which always was: No speech". "The university has shown itself unwilling to do do".

"We're in a new reality", Mogulof said, adding that "of course" the school is concerned about such events tarnishing its reputation as a protector of free speech.

"The character of that attack on campus was unprecedented", Dirks said.

The university had prepared to call up hundreds of police officers for Coulter's visit at a significant cost.

"But they don't have a safe space for a conservative", he stated.

He said Coulter's $25,000 fee is being paid by donations.

That decision was based on UC Berkeley failing to provide certain event arrangements such as a "central location on the main campus" and university backing against disruption.

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