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Constitution Free Speech

Cops Threaten College Students With Arrest for Handing Out This Controversial Document

Campus Reform
Written by Campus Reform

Students handing out copies of the United States Constitution at Grand Valley State University were threatened with arrest if they refused to stop.

Students from the newly-formed Turning Point USA chapter at GVSU were handing out pocket Constitutions and pamphlets promoting their new group on campus recently when they were approached by two campus police officers, who instructed them to desist because they were violating the school’s solicitation policy.

“In order to do that, you gotta be approved by the office of student life,” one officer told them, asserting that the policy applies to any distribution of materials, even if one is not selling anything or asking for money.

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Nathan Berning, a Michigan field representative from the Leadership Institute who was advising the students over the phone during the altercation, told Campus Reform that he finds it “unacceptable” that a person “can’t hand out Constitutions to college students” in a country that enshrines free speech in its founding document.

When the students asked what would happen if they chose to continue, the officer initially said…

Read the rest of the story and watch the VIDEO of the encounter at Campus Reform

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