Trump Activists Mobbed on Ohio University Campus While Officers Watched

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Two conservative activists were mobbed and harassed Monday on Ohio University’s Athens campus while multiple police officers watched.

Kaitlin Bennett, who rose to fame as the Kent State “gun-girl,” and radio host Joel Patrick went to campus to film a “man-on-the-street” video for President’s Day. But various videos from their time on campus show students repeatedly surrounding Bennett, calling her names, and throwing items at her, including hot coffee.

Others screamed in her face, shouted “f—k you,” and told her to leave campus. When she tried, a mob of students surrounded Patrick’s truck and threw unknown liquids at the passengers inside. The video of the incident shows at least two campus police officers standing in the crowd of students and watching the events unfold.

The Ohio University Police Department released a statement later in the day claiming that the “incident did not rise to the level of a riot.”

“Early this afternoon an activist appeared unexpectedly on the Ohio University campus in Athens and engaged in Constitutionally protected activity. She drew a large crowd of people, many with opposing viewpoints, who also chose to exercise their First Amendment rights,” said the statement.

The police department claimed that it received “no prior notice of the activist’s plans,” which “deprived the department of the ability to plan staffing levels.”

“As a result, the officers on duty had to prioritize their response to the events as they unfolded, rightly putting everyone’s personal safety ahead of all other concerns,” the statement concluded.

Bennett accused the department of lying in its statement, since the protesters “threw projectiles and poured hot coffee on us,” she said.

“There’s video of your officers witnessing Joel Patrick’s truck being vandalized. But yeah, just ‘some unknown person in the crowd splashed water.’ I can’t wait until Donald Trump takes away your school’s funding,” she wrote on Twitter.

 

Bennett, a graduate of Kent State University, garnered popularity as a gun-rights activist while she was a student and organized “open carry walks” on her campus. She now works as the grassroots director for Liberty Hangout and contributes to the controversial InfoWars website run by Alex Jones.

As a result of her fame, Bennett claims she has been “contacted by the FBI four times for credible threats” against her life.

“I’ve received millions of death threats the last two years. I’ve been assaulted numerous times and rioted against twice. But nothing the left does will make me go away. Their hatred makes me stronger,” she wrote on Twitter.

Bennett said she plans to return to Ohio University and will bring an “army of gun owners” with her for an “open carry walk through campus.”

“You can’t keep us away and you can’t keep us silent. Just like Donald Trump, we will always win,” she said.

Free speech on campus

Ohio University issued a new policy in July 2018 expressing its “commitment to free expression.”

“We affirm the value of free expression, but applying these broad values to our campuses is complex,” states the policy. “Most agree that mere inconvenience should be tolerated while genuine disruption should not, but defining the difference between the two in some scenarios can be difficult.”

In attempting to differentiate between “inconvenience” and “disruption,” the policy explains that “those who enforce these policies and those who seek to comply with them must use reasonable judgment and common sense, informed by the values of our institution, to apply a general definition to the specifics of the moment.”

Categories of “unprotected speech” include “genuine harassment and threats, falsely defamatory statements about a specific person, and incitement,” says the policy.

The Ohio Star reached out to the Ohio University Police Department for information on its policies for responding to situations like Monday’s incident, but did not receive a response.

President Donald Trump has addressed the free speech rights of students on college campuses in various speeches and executive orders, including an executive order issued in March 2019 that ties federal funding to a school’s promotion of “free inquiry.”

“My Administration seeks to promote free and open debate on college and university campuses. Free inquiry is an essential feature of our Nation’s democracy, and it promotes learning, scientific discovery, and economic prosperity,” states the executive order. “We must encourage institutions to appropriately account for this bedrock principle in their administration of student life and to avoid creating environments that stifle competing perspectives, thereby potentially impeding beneficial research and undermining learning.”

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Anthony Gockowski is managing editor of The Minnesota Sun and The Ohio Star. Follow Anthony on Twitter. Email tips to [email protected].
Photo “Kaitlin Bennett” by Kaitlin Bennett. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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7 Thoughts to “Trump Activists Mobbed on Ohio University Campus While Officers Watched”

  1. Concerned!

    For me watching this video was very disturbing. It wasn’t about what the cop’s did or did not do. Nor was it about Kailin Bennet who has the ability to draw an angry crowd. What disturbed me was the manifestation of college students towards a person on a college campus in our nation. And what was so amazing was how 2 or 3 students just talking could draw a crowd that became an angry mob so quickly. And Kailin did nothing to provoke it, she didn’t yell, she didn’t start a fight. She only asked questions which is totally acceptable especially on a college campus. However, her beliefs and what she stands for clashed with opposite beliefs. This is life, especially on a college campus this is expected and should be welcomed. Some may say Kailin deserved it knowing this is a liberal school. Really? Does disagreement in opinion warrant physical and verbal abuse?

    My question is, when was the shift? When did these students learn that they had the right to be perpetrators doing civil unrest? Are parents watching this video and waking up to the fact that they are spending thousands of dollars to have the minds of their children filled with lies and filled with indoctrination that is anti-God and anti-American? Are they prepared to have their child come home with socialist ideas which will conflict with their beliefs? Parents, for the sake of your family do the hard thing, what ever that may be.

    There are always wise solutions, we just have to look for them in the right places. Our nation is not without hope. Our president is turning this huge ship slowing but it is turning. Law and order will return and then we can once again have a good discussion without getting punched in the face.

    BTW I’m an older parent and have made mistakes but also made hard choices. You gain wisdom with experience. lol

  2. Ed lee

    I’d like to know and be informed of (by our Gov.) That the funding has been stoped and sued for all past funding, cops fired and the students charged with assault and kicked out of school who threw stuff and/ or the collage shut down or fined a huge fine. Now when is it happening Trump. and American Gov???

  3. Clay Ledford

    I think it’s time that we take a hard look at these colleges and universities that are receiving federal funding. I am sick of seeing parents sending their children there for an education but instead all they receive is the indoctrination of the professors socialist and liberal views.

  4. scary times

    well.. its a O.K. to victimize women and blacks..as long as they are Republican or none democrats.. Wont be seeing any of my money spent in Ohio.
    Universities are becoming a FASCIST re-education organization.

    STOP ALL FEDERAL FUNDING..

  5. bill

    If some of those commie libtards started getting shot, you would see those cops in action…

  6. Scott Evans

    What’s up with cops these days not doing their job? Seems it’s time to take some badges and hire some good to replace the idiot lazy that are disgracing the uniform and law of the land.

  7. Brian

    Time to start bringing lawsuits against Police Departments that won’t perform their duty, even when crimes are committed in front of them.

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