Conservative activist kicked off campus after asking if ‘big government sucks?’

Oct 19, 2014 by

A conservative activist was kicked off Broward College on Wednesday night after a campus security guard overheard her asking a student if “big government sucks,” a video of the incident posted on YouTube shows.

Lauren Cooley, a 22-year-old field coordinator for Turning Point USA, was at the public university as it hosted a gubernatorial debate between Charlie Crist and Rick Scott.

She spent nearly 90 minutes there asking students “Hey, do you think big government sucks?” as she worked to find students interested in signing a petition to launch a Turning Point student club on campus, she said in an interview with The College Fix.

Turning Point USA is a national nonprofit aimed at galvanizing students to rally for liberty, small government and free-market values, and is pushing a 10-week “Big Government Sucks” campus activism program this fall.

As Cooley was leaving the Davie, Florida campus she saw a male student and asked him if he thought big government sucked, and at that point she was told by a campus security guard that she needed to go to the “free-speech area,” she said in an interview Friday with The College Fix.

She told him free-speech zones are unconstitutional, and she eventually started to walk away when the security guard said “if you just want to hang around I have a supervisor coming,” a four-minute video taken by Cooley shows.

“I don’t really want to hang around so I think I am going to leave,” Cooley replied. 

“Can I have your name, please, or your identification,” the security guard then asked.

“No, I don’t have to give identification,” Cooley said.

“Well, actually you do,” the guard said back. “On Broward College campus, I am allowed to get your identification. If you don’t you are refusing to give me your identification. I need to call a Davie police officer over here, and we can handle it from there if you like.”

“Am I free or are you going to detain me,” Cooley said.

“I am not detaining you, I am asking for your identification,” he said.

“OK, then I am leaving,” Cooley said, and walked off.

As she did so, the security guard used his two-way radio to give a description of Cooley, and he followed her in his golf cart, the video shows. He eventually asks her to stop, and she asks why.

“What have I done wrong,” she repeatedly asked. When he did not respond, she continued walking. That’s when two police cars rolled up.

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