As of Tuesday night, the campus of Mizzou, a taxpayer-funded university, has become a First Amendment-free zone.
For the better part of a week now, the University of Missouri has seemed a world apart. But recent events have confirmed the university is a lot like the rest of Missouri in this respect: it is catastrophically misgoverned.
Following days of turmoil on campus, during which national news outlets captured video of university administrators and faculty physically threatening students who attempted to report on the unfolding events, the university police department Tuesday night issued a bulletin asking students and faculty to report “hateful and/or hurtful speech” to the police. Yes, the police. As of Tuesday night, the campus of this taxpayer-funded university has become a First Amendment-free zone.
Which prompts this question: Who exactly is in charge at the University of Missouri? And what are they doing with our tax dollars?
Mizzou Employees Cannot Attack Free Speech
I have been privileged to teach constitutional law at Mizzou. I cherish our rights as Americans to petition government for the redress of grievances. As an attorney, I have made a career out of defending those denied their rights by the heavy hand of government. I am proud that we live in a nation where citizens can assemble to express their political views, of whatever sort, without fear of reprisal.