On Tuesday, two border patrol agents were harassed by students at the University of Arizona during an event intended to allow criminal justice majors to hear from law enforcement agents.
The agents were invited by the school’s Criminal Justice Association, which hosted agents from both the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) and the Homeland Securities Investigations (HSI) wing of the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement in previous meetings.
In several videos, students are seen interrupting the officers’ presentation and even following them down the hall while chanting “murder patrol.”
“I don’t know who allowed the murder patrol,” the student filming the video says. “They allow murderers to be on campus where I pay to be here. Murderers! On campus. Murderers! On campus.”
“This is supposed to be a safe space for students but they allow an extension of the KKK into campus, an extension of the KKK into campus,” the student says, interrupting the agents. “There are students that pay to be here, pay to be here, that need this to be a safe space for them and we have the KKK and their supporters right here at the U of A.”
“You’re welcome to sit in,” a woman presumably helping host the event said to a student interrupting the agents and recording a video.
“Great, I can sit in the entire time, I’ll just be saying that they’re murderers the entire f***ing time because it’s the truth. They’re murderers and you as a club should be more conscious of the rest of the students on this campus,” the woman recording the video said, adding that she does not “feel safe with them here.”
As the student helping host the event turned to grab a phone, the student recording said, “Of course, white women calling the police, white women calling the police.”
As the agents began to leave, they are followed all the way to their vehicle by a group of students chanting “murder patrol.”
A clip of the video of the incident was posted with a tweet declaring, “These are the wypipo who called the cops on me.”
In a statement to The Daily Wire, the school’s College Republicans called the incident “appalling.”
“As fellow Americans, we fully support the first amendment right given to all US citizens, but there comes a point where it’s harassment rather than an open dialogue with opposing views,” Cassandra Bauserman and Matthew Minor said. “The incident towards the two border patrol agents was disrespectful and disruptive to an educational meeting about Border Patrol.”
Bauserman and Minor pointed out that the campus is only 70 miles away from the border, adding “being educated about what our border security entails is important for people interested in the topic.”
“As College Republicans, being able to have an open dialogue is extremely important to us between people of different views as we want to talk about difficult issues especially as the 2020 election is approaching. However, the behavior reflected in the video is something we discourage as we are all residents of the United States,” Bauserman and Minor concluded.