George Washington University: Police Investigate Posters Lampooning Conservative Student Group

Category: Cases
Schools: George Washington University

In September of 2017, police at George Washington University launched an investigation into posters lampooning — and purporting to promote an event the group had conducted a decade earlier — a conservative student organization. The posters satirized the group’s criticism of Islam, suggesting that the organization hates Muslims and depicted a “typical Muslim” as having lasers emanating from their eyes and a “peg-leg for smuggling children and heroin.” On September 12, 2017, FIRE wrote to the university calling for an end to the investigation into the anonymous satirist.