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  Last updated on Wed, 26 Apr 2017

Coulter plans to speak at Sproul Plaza on Thursday
SFGate Bay Area News Stories, Tue, 25 Apr 2017
Conservative commentator Ann Coulter plans to speak on UC Berkeley’s Sproul Plaza on Thursday, campus officials said, prompting the university and the city to scramble to prepare for what they fear could be another violent showdown between fans and opponents of President Trump. UC cannot bar Coulter from speaking in Sproul Plaza, Mogulof said. Besides being one of the main campus entrances, Sproul has historic significance as the birthplace of the Free Speech Movement in 1964. Mogulof said time and location are key factors in the ability of campus and city police to ensure safety, which is why the university opposed a Coulter visit on Thursday. Coulter was originally invited to speak Thursday at an undisclosed campus location by the Berkeley College Republicans, but UC officials said they could not ensure the safety of those attending or protesting the event after police learned of threats of violence. University officials offered to reschedule to May 2, but Coulter refused, saying the proposed date was during “Dead Week,” when students would be studying for finals. Students associated with the Berkeley College Republicans and Young America’s Foundation, the sponsor of the speech, sued the University of California on Monday over the cancellation, saying it amounted to unconstitutional censorship. On Tuesday, Young America’s Foundation, a conservative youth group, backed out of the event, saying UC Berkeley had failed to promise that it would protect people from “leftist thugs.” The group said it wanted UC to “announce that there will be zero tolerance at the event itself for masked agitators, disruption of the event, and sufficient security to ensure the safety of attendees.” UC Berkeley failed to meet our demands, after refusing to provide a proper venue for six weeks. [...] Young America’s Foundation will not be moving forward with an event at Berkeley on April 27 due to the lack of assurances for protections from foreseeable violence from unrestrained leftist agitators, the group said.
Ann Coulter planning to speak at UC Berkeley’s Sproul Plaza
SFGate Bay Area News Stories, Tue, 25 Apr 2017
Conservative commentator Ann Coulter plans to speak on UC Berkeley’s Sproul Plaza on Thursday, campus officials said, prompting the university to scramble to prepare for what they fear could be another violent showdown between fans and opponents of President Trump. UC cannot bar Coulter from speaking in Sproul Plaza, Mogulof said. Besides being one of the main campus entrances, Sproul has historic significance as the birthplace of the Free Speech Movement in 1964. Coulter was originally invited to speak Thursday at an undisclosed campus location by the Berkeley College Republicans, but UC officials said they could not ensure the safety of those attending or protesting the event after police learned of threats of violence. University officials offered to reschedule to May 2, but Coulter refused, saying the proposed date was during “Dead Week,” when students would be studying for finals. Students associated with the Berkeley College Republicans and Young America’s Foundation, the sponsor of the speech, sued the University of California on Monday over the cancellation, saying it amounted to unconstitutional censorship. The group said it wanted UC to “announce that there will be zero tolerance at the event itself for masked agitators, disruption of the event, and sufficient security to ensure the safety of attendees.” UC Berkeley failed to meet our demands, after refusing to provide a proper venue for six weeks. [...] Young America’s Foundation will not be moving forward with an event at Berkeley on April 27 due to the lack of assurances for protections from foreseeable violence from unrestrained leftist agitators, the group said. “The University of California welcomes speakers of all political viewpoints and is committed to providing a forum to enable Ann Coulter to speak on the Berkeley campus,” said Dianne Klein, spokeswoman for UC President Janet Napolitano, said in a statement Monday.
'Just Kill Me': Police Detail Doctor's Removal From United Flight
msnbc.com, Tue, 25 Apr 2017
Four Chicago Aviation Police officers have been placed on leave since the incident April 9, which was recorded on video that rapidly went viral.
Inquest Into Wisc. Jail Where Man Died After 7 Days Without Water
msnbc.com, Tue, 25 Apr 2017
Terrill Thomas, who was being held in the Milwaukee County Jail run by infamous Sheriff David Clarke, suffered an agonizing week before dying.
Police: Armless robot loses fight to drunk man
SFGate Bay Area News Stories, Tue, 25 Apr 2017
A 41-year-old Mountain View man was facing charges after he picked a fight with a 5-foot-tall, 300-pound security robot.
Ex-NYPD Officers and Former Prosecutor Charged in Guns for Bribes Scandal
msnbc.com, Tue, 25 Apr 2017
Three retired New York City cops and a former prosecutor are charged with being part of a scheme to approve gun licenses in exchange for bribes.
Tougher Law Enforcement Marks Trump's First 100 Days
msnbc.com, Tue, 25 Apr 2017
The Trump administration's tougher enforcement of illegal immigration laws is an example of a big change in priorities during its first 100 days
'Bachelor' Star Chris Soules Busted in Fatal Crash
msnbc.com, Tue, 25 Apr 2017
Chris Soules, memorably spoofed in an SNL "Farm Hunk" skit, is accused of leaving the scene of a fatal crash.
Ann Coulter’s backers at Berkeley file lawsuit
SFGate Bay Area News Stories, Mon, 24 Apr 2017
A UC Berkeley student group filed a federal lawsuit Monday accusing the university of unconstitutionally censoring conservative speech, days after administrators said they could not safely accommodate right-wing commentator Ann Coulter on campus this week. [...] campus officials said they could not ensure the safety of those who attended because police had learned of threats of violence by both opponents and supporters of Coulter. The offer was a “sham” because of the timing and because the university, for purported security reasons, was refusing to make large on-campus buildings available for the talk, lawyers for Young America’s Foundation, the sponsor of Coulter’s planned speech, and Berkeley College Republicans said in its U.S. District Court lawsuit. [...] the suit noted, UC Berkeley has recently allowed speakers invited by liberal students — including former Mexican President Vicente Fox, a critic of President Trump’s immigration policies — to appear without similar time-and-place restrictions. Dhillon accused university officials of adopting an unwritten policy that allows administrators to place restrictions on “high-profile” conservative speakers. The restrictions include scheduling their talks at far corners of the campus during class time and saddling the sponsoring groups with unreasonably high security costs, she said. The lawsuit said university officials “could have taken appropriate security measures to ensure the safety of those attending conservative speaking engagements — as is their duty to all students on campus — but they have refused to do so.” The lawsuit seeks damages and a court order prohibiting “any unwritten or unpublished policy restricting the exercise of political expression on the UC Berkeley campus.”
Man shot to death on SF’s Potrero Hill
SFGate Bay Area News Stories, Mon, 24 Apr 2017
A 30-year-old San Francisco man was shot to death Monday on Potrero Hill, police said. The man was shot about 10:30 a.m. near Missouri Street and Watchman Way, said Officer Robert Rueca, a police spokesman. The victim was taken to San Francisco General Hospital by car before police arrived at the scene, said police Capt. Raj Vaswani. The man was pronounced dead at the hospital. His name has not been released, and police said they have made no arrests. Filipa Ioannou is a San Francisco Chronicle staff writer. Email: fioannou@sfchronicle.com Twitter: @obioannoukenobi