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  • #2
    Yet another example of our loss of free speech.
    A professor uses a "racial slur", which draws criticism from the class of other teachers.
    In the article reporting the incident, the reporter never mentions just what the "racial slur" was. Go to any crime report in any newspaper and the report will tell you who did what, with specifics. But here, the reporter does not seem to think that he/she can quote the actual "crime", because words hurt. It would be politically incorrect to use hurtful words, so the most important FACT in this case is not even mentioned in the report.
    I can assure you that the quote would have been included in this story 50 years ago - back when even liberals thought that freedom of speech was one of our most important liberties. Once free speech goes down, the other freedoms are sure to follow!



    Kansas professor on leave after using racial slur in class

    LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) — A white University of Kansas professor is on paid leave after using a racial slur during a class discussion about race.










    The school told Andrea Quenette, an assistant professor of communication studies, on Friday that five people had filed a discrimination complaint against her, she told the Lawrence Journal-World (http://bit.ly/1SbhBhY ). She requested a leave of absence, and the university says she will have to stay off campus during the administrative leave until the investigation is complete.
    Students began complaining about Quenette after she used the racial slur during a Nov. 12 class for graduate students who teach undergraduate classes. The class met the day after a contentious university-wide forum on race and discrimination moderated by Chancellor Bernadette Gray-Little.

    The forum followed days of protests at the University of Missouri over concerns about the administration's handling of racial issues and the subsequent resignations of the system president and chancellor of the Columbia campus.
    Quenette, who is 33 and has been teaching at the university for two years, said that diversity in the classroom was on the syllabus, and a student asked how they could talk about race issues in their own classes. The conversation then shifted to how the university should address racial problems.
    She said she pointed out that racist incidents on other campuses, including the University of Missouri's Columbia campus, have been very visible, and used the slur when comparing the University of Kansas to the other incidents. Quenette said she could have apologized "in the moment" if anyone had responded, but no one did, so she continued the discussion.
    But Amy Schumacher, a first-year doctoral student who was in the class of nine white students and one black student, said most "just shut down" after Quenette's using the slur. Schumacher said she believes Quenette "actively violated policies" during the discussion, hurt students' feelings — including the one black student, who left "devastated" — and has a previous history of being unsympathetic to students.
    Quenette is relieved of all teaching and service responsibilities, university spokesman Joe Monaco said. He said administrative leaves are often used "to address substantial disruptions to the learning environment or concerns about individuals' welfare" while investigations are underway.
    Quenette said she hopes to secure an attorney to represent her.
    She also said she believes academic freedom protects her comments and that they were not discriminatory.
    "I didn't intend to offend anyone," she said. "I didn't intend to hurt anyone. I didn't direct my words at any individual or group of people."
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    • #3
      Confused Cops SWAT Raid Innocent Man, Deploy Flashbangs, Assault and Kidnap Him for No Reason

      By The Free Thought Project on November 22, 2015
      Rutherford Institute Sues Virginia Police for Carrying out a 'Welfare Check' with a 2-Hour, SWAT Team-Style Raid, Flash Grenade, Wrongful Arrest & Detention

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      CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (The Rutherford Institute)— Attorneys for The Rutherford Institute have sued Virginia police and other government officials after a request to carry out a “welfare check” on a 58-year-old man resulted in a two-hour, SWAT team-style raid on the man’s truck, a wrongful arrest, and a 72-hour mental health hold.
      According to the complaint, police acknowledged that they had no legal basis nor probable cause for detaining Virginia resident Benjamin Burruss, who was preparing to depart on a camping/hunting trip to Montana, given that he had not threatened to harm anyone and was not mentally ill.
      Nevertheless, a heavily armed police tactical team confronted Burruss, surrounded his truck, deployed a “stinger” device behind the rear tires, launched a flash grenade, smashed the side window in order to drag him from the truck, handcuffed and searched him, and transported him to a local hospital for a psychiatric evaluation and mental health hold.
      The lawsuit, filed in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Virginia, against the County of Albemarle and five Albemarle County Police officers charges government officials with violating the Fourth and Fourteenth Amendments as well as state law.
      “This is just one more example of how a relatively benign situation (a routine welfare check) gets escalated into something far more violent and dangerous through the use of militarized police, armed to the teeth and trained to react combatively,” said constitutional attorney John W. Whitehead, president of The Rutherford Institute and author of Battlefield America: The War on the American People. “The unnecessary use of force by police officers in response to a situation that should have—and could have—been handled non-confrontationally did not, in this instance, result in a loss of life, but that is small consolation to those who have learned to tread cautiously in their interactions with police.”
      According to the complaint, on Nov. 21, 2013, Albemarle County police officers were contacted by Benjamin Burruss’s employer and asked to conduct a “welfare check” on Burruss, who was reportedly “stressed” over work and marital difficulties. Police confronted Burruss, who was wearing camouflage pants and a bright orange hunting cap, as he was leaving the Comfort Inn and preparing to leave for a hunting trip to Montana.




      Burruss informed officers that he was fine, had no plans to hurt anyone, and just needed time to think through things, hence the trip to Montana. For two hours, officers persisted in asking Burruss to exit his truck and speak with them, with Burruss continuing to reiterate that he had no intention of harming himself or others and just wanted to be left alone and allowed to go on his hunting trip. During this time, police deployed a “stinger” device behind Burruss’s truck, which would puncture the truck’s tires and immobilize it if Burruss attempted to drive off. Police also surrounded Burruss’s truck with their squad cars, blocking his exit.
      Despite the fact that the officer speaking with Burruss informed the other officers that they had no reason to hold Burruss because he had not threatened to harm anyone and he was not mentally ill, police requested an Emergency Custody Order (ECO). Once the ECO was obtained, a tactical team of heavily-armed police launched a flash grenade at Burruss’ truck, smashed the driver-side window, dragged Burruss out by his arms, handcuffed, searched and arrested him.
      Burruss was then taken to the University of Virginia Hospital to undergo a psychiatric evaluation and locked up under a 72-hour mental health hold. In filing suit on Burruss’ behalf, Rutherford Institute attorneys are alleging that police used excessive force in violation of Burruss’ Fourth and Fourteenth Amendment rights.
      LEGAL ACTION

      image: https://www.rutherford.org/files_ima...e_PDF_Icon.png
      Click here to read The Rutherford Institute’s complaint in Burruss v. Riley, et al.

      CASE HISTORY

      November 19, 2015: Rutherford Institute Sues Virginia Police for Carrying out a ‘Welfare Check’ with a 2-Hour, SWAT Team-Style Raid, Flash Grenade, Wrongful Arrest & Detention



      Read more at http://thefreethoughtproject.com/con...w5bci3457bh.99
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