Student Arrested for Cursing at Ann Coulter
A University of Texas student was taken away in handcuffs after he swore at Ann Coulter during a Q&A session. Coulter was delivering a lecture at the campus’ LBJ Library.
University police say they were following the state’s disorderly conduct statute, a Class C misdemeanor that prohibits abusive, profane and vulgar language and obscene gestures in public areas. But some question if Raj’s behavior really violated the law.
UT Police Department interim Chief Terry McMahan said typically when people protest at events, and they stay on the subject matter, police don’t get involved. But Raj didn’t do that, he said.
“That’s what this college is all about, being able to have that freedom of speech,” McMahan said. “But when it goes beyond an issue of speech, and it meets the elements of a criminal law violation, we step in.”
From the Gadflyer (which took it from Common Dreams, who took it from the Houston Chronicle).