FOLLOWUP: CU Students to Sue Over Pot-Smoking Photos

Discussion in 'General' started by thisisnotreal, May 11, 2006.

  1. i thought ya'll would enjoy this. although the website didn't tick me off too much ( i thought it was pretty funny ) the fact that police are harassing people DOES tick me off....anyways, i didn't think i'd be the first to post this. if anyone has a link or something, just post it up on here!

    FOLLOWUP: CU Students to Sue Over Pot-Smoking Photos
    Body: Students at the University of Colorado who were present but not among those photographed by campus police as they smoked marijuana during a national drug law protest day on April 20 have retained counsel and plan to file a lawsuit against the University. From a SAFER Colorado press release (received by e-mail, not online):

    Colorado-based civil rights attorneys Perry Sanders, Jr. and Robert J. Frank will return to the University of Colorado-Boulder on Wednesday, May 10, to announce plans to file a federal civil rights lawsuit against the university based on the actions of the CU Police Department during and after the recent April 20 pro-marijuana event on Farrand Field.

    The lawyers say they represent certain of the C.U. students, and will hold a press conference at 1 p.m. today at the northeast corner of Farrand Field on the CU-Boulder campus to discuss details of the lawsuit.

    We offered the University an olive branch, said Mr. Sanders. We, on behalf of clearly innocent students, asked them to take down the Web site and purge information related to it. We advised that the University would continue to harm these individuals if they acted on any of this information. The University not only rejected the olive branch, but picked up their bully club during finals and began telling students to come into the police station for questioning.

    According to the lawyers:

    Our clients were not pictured smoking, were not smoking and are not even listed as identified, Mr. Sanders said, yet the police called them today (Tuesday) and demanded that they come to the station for questioning. The current actions of the CU Police are having the
    intended effect of inflicting emotional distress on students taking very serious finals at a very serious University.

    The point the lawyers are making is this:

    The CUPD is currently calling students whose photographs appear on the Web site and demanding that they come down and speak with them, said Mr. Sanders. As Mr. Frank will advise, no student is required to speak with the police and no student can be forced to talk to the police without legal representation.They are now trying to use police, acting under color of authority, to intimidate people who peacefully exercised their constitutional right to lawfully express themselves.

    This story has had legs with the national cable shows. Rita Cosby has been following it on MSNBC. Ive seen it on Fox News.
     
  2. Good, i hope they win!
     
  3. you'd figure a place of higher learning (no pun intended) would have more class than that.
     
  4. i don't see it that way at all. i'm glad these students are standing up for their rights!
     
  5. I fucking hate Rita Cosby's guts.
     
  6. i saw the web site and thought it was kinda funny watching seeing a bunch of people standing around smoking and CU's website. I think that they were offering 50 dollars for every student that was identified and had big letters over the ones they already had names for saying IDENTIFIED lol
     
  7. Don't you have to sign a waiver or give permission in order to have your picture displayed on a website or shown on tv? Couldn't they sue them for that?
     
  8. Douchebags.

    I'm going to punch the next person that comes too close to me, now.
     
  9. Ahhh thank goodness, I did my part by leaving MANY messages on thier phone, and I know plenty of friends did also. God bless Civil Rights lawyers.
     
  10. thanks for the read. i hope they beat the shit our of their college
     
  11. thanks TINR. this makes me feel better :smoke:

    hopefully they get a big ass lawsuit going, which it seems it might turn that way. Get a lot of attention on the issue instead of fucking government officials beating around the bush and spreading more lies
     
  12. Good they stand up for themselves, hope they win.
     

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