Police charged a college employee who stole a conservative journalist’s speech with disorderly conduct and attempted sixth-degree larceny, according to a Monday report.
University of Connecticut police arrested Catherine Gregory, the associate director of career services and advising at neighboring Quinebaug Valley Community College, for crimes she allegedly committed at Gateway Pundit White House correspondent Lucian Wintrich’s Nov. 28 speech at UConn, reported Courant.
The police dropped its case against Wintrich, who was arrested for breaching the peace after he used force to retrieve the papers Gregory stole from him.
— Kevin Galliford (@KallMeKG) November 29, 2017
Gregory’s attorney, Joe Schoenhorn, said that the Quinebaug Valley employee stole the papers as a form of protest, reported Courant.
Wintrich, invited by UConn’s College Republicans, was unable to deliver his speech, entitled “It’s OK To Be White,” due to repeated interruptions from student protesters, reported Fox News.
Gregory’s “attorney’s statement was next-level deranged,” Wintrich told The Daily Caller News Foundation. “If we start claiming theft is just good-hearted ‘protesting,’ then America is in big trouble.”
“Fortunately, the system is self-correcting,” Wintrich added. “With the thief facing jail time and the state dropping the ‘breach of peace’ charge, today was a major win. It wasn’t just for me, but for the future of free speech on college campuses.”
UConn president Susan Herbst published updated guidelines on hosting speakers at the institution following Wintrich’s speech, according to Courant. Herbst said the college will now review guests accompanying a speaker, noting that Salvatore “Sal” Cipolla, who stood beside Wintrich filming him for much of the event, “has at least one arrest for a violent offense.” The president also proposed that the college review events and meet with student planners, as well as the UConn student affairs and police departments, prior to future speeches.
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