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3 Student Journalists Sue University For Covering Up Teacher’s Role In Anti-Trump Campus Rally

 

The Daily Signal

Kyle Perisic

April 13, 2018

 

Excerpt:

 

Three student journalists have filed a lawsuit against their Illinois university and an instructor, alleging that the teacher grabbed and broke a smartphone as they tried to report on an anti-Trump rally.

 

The three students’ federal suit against the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and instructor Tariq Khan says that the university got a restraining order preventing them from reporting on Khan’s involvement in the November protest against President Donald Trump.

 

Khan, 39, was charged with destruction of property after taking and smashing a student’s smartphone on the pavement, an action caught on video.

 

The suit contends that the instructor and university officials violated the students’ constitutional rights to free press, free speech, and due process, according to the law firm representing the students, Mauck & Baker, LLC.

 

“The First Amendment should not be a partisan issue or something only conservatives are willing to defend,” the law firm said in a formal statement.

 

The suit claims that the school punished freshmen Joel Valdez and Blair Nelson and senior Andrew Minik for reporting on the anti-Trump rally, the organizers of which included the Black Rose Anarchist Federation.

 

“During the rally, Black Rose spokesman and university instructor, Tariq Khan, assaulted Joel Valdez and also went after student Blair Nelson who was video-recording the event,” the law firm said. “Co-plaintiff Andrew Minik, who was not at the event, reported on the incident for Campus Reform, a college news organization.”

 

The university’s restraining order on Valdez and Nelson was “to prevent them from reporting on Tariq Khan,” their lawyers said in a press release.

 

A video of the incident appears to show Khan, a doctoral candidate and graduate instructor of history at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, yelling at students, physically assaulting one, and taking and throwing the phone to the pavement.

 

“Our attorneys are reviewing this,” a university spokesman said Friday, declining further comment to The Daily Signal on the lawsuit.

 

Khan is seen in the video saying “f— Donald Trump” and telling Valdez and other members of Turning Point USA, a conservative student organization present during the demonstration, that he will “go tear down one of your flyers right now.”

 

The video shows Valdez appearing to anger Khan by suggesting the instructor had nothing better to do than protest Trump and asking, “Don’t you have kids to look after?”

 

Khan then accuses students of threatening his children at least 25 times in a span of about three minutes. He is seen raising his hand and apparently attempting to hit Nelson, who is recording him with a phone.

 

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Howsithangin

Tariq Khan

 

<_<

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MontyPython

Disgusting, of course, but nothing surprising. This is exactly the sort of infantile behavior leftists display every day.

 

<_<

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Buckwheat Jones

Oh. Another brown man in a hoodie. Must be a countersuit brewing.

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firecoco

This guy would be spitting out teeth if he ever did that to me

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Howsithangin

This guy would be spitting out teeth if he ever did that to me

He'd be eating that phone

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Ticked@TinselTown

This guy is a typical leftist.

 

He creates what he calls a threat against his kids out of thin air to use it as justification for the absolutely unacceptable behavior he exhibits.

 

Not to mention all that textbooks projection going on.

 

He's a putz and I hope they get sued into oblivion.

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Censport

He's nuttier than squirrel poop.

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RedSoloCup

He'd be eating that phone

 

He'd be trying to figure how to talk with it lodged up his @ss if he tried it with me

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intotheblackhole

I wish I was here and when he belly bumped me I would have fallen down and then called an ambulance. That would have added assault onto his list of crimes.

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USMCforever60

No what you can do is post his address and anything concerning him online and see how quickly he cowers and hides. However, if I was back in young, dumb and full of brass days, the aggressor might have been subjected to a head lock restraint and choked out....but that was then and this is now. Just ignore POS like him!

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intotheblackhole

They are missing a huge opportunity here. They need to file a federal lawsuit that the school it not a safe place for them to learn.

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