Robert Van Tuinen, 25, was attempting to hand out complimentary copies of the US Constitution at Modesto Junior College in central California on Tuesday when a police officer informed him that he could only distribute pamphlets on campus if done from within a designated free-speech area that requires weeks of notice to reserve.
“Anytime anything is being passed out it has to be… you have to go through the Student Development office,” said the officer.
“Don’t I have free speech, sir?” Van Tuinen responded, clutching copies of the Constitution.
“But do you know what this is?” he asked. “What are the rules? Why are the rules tied to my free speech?”
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