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Date: Fri, 30 Aug 2002 19:53:04 -0700
From: rdestep136@EARTHLINK.NET (RD)
Subject: PCC outlaws politically incorrect picket signs
To: AZRKBA@asu.edu

Did Pima Community College just outlaw traditional college campus protests, or just non-PC college campus protests?

http://www.sierratimes.com/02/08/29/arst082902.htm

Libertarian Arrested In Arizona For Displaying Protest Sign at Televised Debate A Sierra Times Report Published 08. 28. 02 at 20:20 Sierra Time

Tucson, Arizona <snip> In a statement, Duarte said, "It is outrageous that Libertarians were excluded from the debate. It's even more outrageous that I was arrested for a perfectly peaceful protest. All I did was hold up a sign. The police told me I had two choices: Leave, or put down the sign and stay. I told them: 'I'm in America. My choice is clear.' So they cuffed me and took me away."

Duarte was then charged with disorderly conduct and disruption of an education institution. He has been released and has a scheduled appearance in Pima County Justice Court on September 16. <snip>

Here is the law which campus cops misapplied: 13-2911.

As Follows:

13-2911. Interference with or disruption of an educational institution; violation; classification; definitions

A. A person commits interference with or disruption of an educational institution by doing any of the following:

1. For the purpose of causing, or in reckless disregard of causing, interference with or disruption of an educational institution, threatening to cause physical injury to any employee of an educational institution or any person attending an educational institution.

2. For the purpose of causing, or in reckless disregard of causing, interference with or disruption of an educational institution, threatening to cause damage to any educational institution, the property of any educational institution, the property of any employee of an educational institution or the property of any person attending an educational institution.

3. Knowingly going on or remaining on the property of any educational institution for the purpose of interfering with or disrupting the lawful use of the property or in any manner as to deny or interfere with the lawful use of the property by others.

4. Knowingly refusing to obey a lawful order given pursuant to subsection C of this section.

B. To constitute a violation of this section, the acts that are prohibited by subsection A, paragraph 1 or 2 of this section are not required to be directed at a specific individual, a specific educational institution or any specific property of an educational institution.

C. When the chief administrative officer of an educational institution or an officer or employee designated by him to maintain order has reasonable grounds to believe that any person or persons are committing any act that interferes with or disrupts the lawful use of the property by others at the educational institution or has reasonable grounds to believe any person has entered on the property of an educational institution for the purpose of committing such an act, the officer or employee may order the person to leave the property of the educational institution.


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