Emails between Professor James Miller and Chief of Police Lisa Walter, September 16, 2011

By on September 16, 2011

From: Walter, Lisa
Sent: Friday, September 16, 2011 9:52 AM
To: Miller, James
Cc: Walter, Lisa
Subject: posting on a board outside your office has been removed

Dr. Miller,

I wanted to notify you that I removed a printed/copy (pictures attached) of a poster from the outside of your office. I don’t know if you posted it or if someone else placed it on your board, but it is unacceptable to have postings such as this that refer to killing.

I knocked on your office door while there, but it appeared as though you were not in your office at the time.  Contact me if you have any questions.

Respectfully,

Chief Walter

Chief Lisa Walter
UW-Stout Police/Parking
817 So. Broadway
Menomonie, WI  54751
715-232-2266 (direct)
715-232-1142 (fax)
FBINAA 210th session
Special Olympics Wisconsin Board of Directors

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RE: posting on a board outside your office has been removed

Miller, James

Sent: Friday, September 16, 2011 10:30 AM

To: Walter, Lisa

Unacceptable to whom?
How dare you act in a fascistic manner and then sign your email “respectfully!” Respect liberty and respect my first amendment rights.

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From: Walter, Lisa
Sent: Friday, September 16, 2011 11:29 AM
To: Miller, James
Cc: Walter, Lisa
Subject: response to your email

Dr. Miller,

I appreciate and understand the First Amendment, but also understand my responsibilities as the Chief of Police at UW Stout regarding postings that refer to violence and/or harm.

My actions are appropriate and defensible. Speech can be limited on a reasonable expectation that it will cause a material and/or substantial disruption of school activities and/or be constituted as a threat. We were notified of the existence of the posting, reviewed it and believe that the wording on the poster can be interpreted as a threat by others and/or could cause those that view it to believe that you are willing/able to carry out actions similar to what is listed.  This posting can cause others to fear for their safety, thus it was removed.

I am willing to schedule a meeting with you to discuss this further, if you wish.  If you choose to repost the article or something similar to it, it will be removed and you could face charges of disorderly conduct.

Again, respectfully,

Chief Walter

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RE: response to your email

Miller, James

Sent: Friday, September 16, 2011 2:34 PM

To: Walter, Lisa

Attachments: Firefly – Serenity – _Kill~1.mp4 (6 MB)

Please share the attached movie file–giving the “dangerous threat” a context that you obviously don’t possess–with whoever constitutes the balance of the “we” that you reference.
Postings that “refer” to violence constitute a threat? As in a poster from Hamlet? Or a news clipping about Hockey players that commit violent murder?
Don’t threaten me with charges that have no basis in reality–I am a committed pacifist and a devotee of non-violence, and I don’t appreciate card carrying members of the NRA who are wearing side arms and truncheons lecturing me about violence.

Pax vobiscum

Schools: University of Wisconsin – Stout Cases: University of Wisconsin – Stout: Censorship, Referral to Threat Assessment Team, and Threat of Criminal Charges after Professor Puts Posters Outside Office Door