UC Berkeley calls off Ann Coulter talk for security reasons


"The Ann Coulter lecture sponsored by Young America's Foundation will go forward".

Coulter reportedly also asked Berkeley officials to warn students that "engaging in violence, mayhem or heckling" to prevent the speech would result in expulsion, the statement said.

School officials said they based their decision after a review by campus police, which concluded that "given now active security threats, it is not possible to assure that the event could be held successfully-or that the safety of Ms. Coulter, the event sponsors, audience, and bystanders could be adequately protected-at any of the campus venues available on April 27th". "We've never actually had the support of the university".

"If Berkeley wants to have free speech, they are going to get it", the spokesman, Spencer Brown, said.

"They just up and announced that I was prohibited from speaking anyway", she was quoted as saying.

Members of the campus Republican group did not immediately respond to the development.

Coulter's planned appearance at the University of California, Berkeley on April 27 has been canceled because of security concerns.

The group lashed out in its statement, accusing university officials of misusing taxpayer money for an "unconstitutional purpose" and comparing Biddy and UC President Janet Napolitano to North Korea's authoritarian leader Kim Jong Un.

Coulter told THR that before they canceled her, Berkeley administrators insisted that she agree to a list of demands prior to her engagement, and that she accepted their terms.

These are rights that Coulter apparently understands to include speaking at Berkeley for $20,000. In this context, we greatly appreciate recent public comments by your spokespeople, who have offered full support for increased security measures in and around high-profile events. We base our decisions regarding an event's timing and location on the objective analysis of the law enforcement professionals of UCPD as to how best to ensure safety for all while maximizing the chances that the event can take place as planned. They said they found out about the event after reading about it in newspapers.

"Unfortunately, UCPD determined that, given now active security threats, it is not possible to assure that the event could be held any of the campus venues available on April 27th", the letter said.

In its letter, the university said the students and officials could work together to reschedule the event for a later date.