Video Shows Student And Officer Arguing Over Free Speech Rights On Campus

September 20, 2013

25-year-old student Robert Van Tuinen was passing out pocket-sized constitutions at Modesto Junior College in California to celebrate Constitution Day on September 17. However, he was quickly stopped by a police officer.

The confrontation was caught on camera. The police officer tells Robert that he can only pass out constitutions in a designated spot on campus, a free speech spot, and only if he obtains permission in advance from school security.

Robert proceeds to ask the officer if he thinks that is a violation of free speech and first amendment rights, to which the officer replies, "I'm sure it is...but I'm giving you a solution. I'm not trying to stop you, I'm just telling you there is a process you have to go through...

Schools: Modesto Junior College Cases: Modesto Junior College: Students Barred from Distributing Constitutions on Constitution Day