CA Lawmaker Wants UC Berkeley Chancellor Suspended for Riot

CA Assemblyman Travis Allen (R) from Huntington Beach wants leave without pay for UC Berkeley Chancellor "for role in inciting campus riot Wednesday night."  Allen writes, "Chancellor Dirks knew better, and his lax attitude on security and personal animosity toward the speaker directly led to the destruction on Wednesday evening.

"Assemblyman Allen insists that Chancellor Dirks layed the foundation for the riot with a January 26th, 2017, open letter to UC Berkeley.  According to Allen, that letter read in part, "Our student groups enjoy the right to invite whomever they wish to speak on campus, but we urge them to consider whether exercising that right in a manner that might unleash harmful attacks on fellow students and other members of the community is consistent with their own and with our community’s values."

Photo courtesy Twitter, Assemblyman Travis Allen

"Mr. Dirk’s responsibility as Chancellor is clearly to ensure that words of any kind don't "unleash attacks on fellow students," Assemblyman Allen says.  "It is patently wrong to justify any act of violence based on the expression of ideas. The First Amendment of the Constitution guarantees free speech, and the expression of opinions on a California taxpayer funded campus, even ones with which the faculty and administration disagree, should never be a justification for masked thugs pepper spraying young women, beating bystanders with flagpoles, smashing windows with bricks, setting bonfires on campus, and attacking police officers."

Allen also invokes the late Ronald Reagan, who as Governor in 1969 when he stopped rioting on the UC Berkeley campus said to faculty and administrators, "...it began the first time some of you who know better, and are old enough to know better, let young people think that they have the right to choose the laws they would obey as long as they were doing it in the name of social protest."

The Assemblyman says, "It's time for California to suspend Chancellor Dirks and thoroughly review the University’s safety procedures and administrative communication policies to ensure that instances of lawless rioting and physical violence on campus don’t recur."

 

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