The attorneys representing the Berkeley Patriot have filed a “Follow-Up Retaliation Complaint” to the Department of Justice regarding UC Berkeley’s “hate-crime” investigation of the group.
“Our clients filed a complaint with your office on/about September 19, 2017. The filing of the complaint was widely known, including, we believe, by the UC Berkeley administration,” the law firm representing the Berkeley Patriot wrote in the complaint.
“Roughly two days following the filing (mailing) our complaint with your office, our clients were subjected to what we believe to be retaliation for making the complaint,” the follow-up complaint states. “Specifically, the UC Berkeley Chancellor, Carol Christ, indicated by email and to the local Bay Area media that her office was directing an investigation into whether students who had distributed posters and chalked on the topics of interest of a conservative-political nature had committed a ‘hate crime.'”
The follow-up complaint contained a copy of an article from the San Francisco Chronicle which cites Christ and her opinions on the supposed “hate-crime.”
Christ claimed at the time that Free Speech Week was “fundamentally disrupting the academic business of campus,” and questioned whether Free Speech was the real motivation behind the event.
“If you think about free speech and why free speech was important to the students — they wanted to be able to stand someplace in a public plaza and argue their point of view and have people hear them,” she said. “I’m not sure that’s the goal here.”
“I believe passionately in free speech. I believe it is our obligation under the Constitution … but many of our students are questioning free speech and its limitations,” Christ claimed at the same time the university opened the “hate-crime” investigation.
The complaint also contained a copy of an email sent to students and staff by Christ.
In the email, Christ claims she was “deeply distressed to learn of some of the hateful messaging that has appeared on campus.”
“I condemn these cowardly acts in the strongest possible terms,” she wrote in the email. “Our police department is investigating whether they constitute hate crimes and we will do all we can to support those affected.”
“The message implied in her statement was clear-conservative students will be subjected to a criminal police investigation (and implicitly a prosecution) for exercising their First Amendment rights,” the complaint continues. “As a result of the threats by the Chancellor, the Berkeley Patriot canceled Free Speech Week.”
“The students were unwilling to subject themselves to a pre-textual criminal investigation in order to hold the event,” it concludes.