Ann Coulter's backers at UC Berkeley file lawsuit

"It is a sad day indeed when the birthplace of the Free Speech Movement, is morphing before our eyes into the cemetery of free speech on college campuses", wrote Dhillon, a committeewoman to the Republican National Convention for California and former vice chairwoman of the California Republican Party.

University of California, Berkeley students who invited Ann Coulter to speak on campus filed a lawsuit Monday against the university, saying it is discriminating against conservative speakers and violating students' rights to free speech. Dedicated staff and administrators have spent countless hours, including during weekends and vacations, working to enable BCR's planned events and to maximize the possibility that those events can occur safely for the participants, the speakers, our students and others in our campus community.

In one communication with student organizers, an official said campus police had cited "safety and security issues" not just for those attending her speech but also the surrounding community.

President Trump criticized the school in February for its decision to cancel the Yiannopoulos talk and tweeted a threat to yank federal funds from Berkeley.

Coulter has said she will speak at Berkeley on Thursday, regardless of the university's move to reschedule her appearance. "Confront her intellectually. Booing people down, or intimidating people, or shutting down events, I don't think that that works in any way". But she voiced support for it on Twitter, posting Monday that the lawsuit "demands appropriate & safe venue for my speech THIS THURSDAY".

The lawsuit says that Berkeley is trying "to restrict and stifle the speech of conservative students whose voices fall beyond the campus political orthodoxy".

In early March, the mayor's office and Berkeley Police Department reached an agreement with the university that events involving high-profile speakers would only take place during the daytime, court documents show.