Police at the University of Texas have made an absurdly false claim in a clear abusement of power. A video has surfaced showing a Texas police officer issuing a citation to a man for offending someone. The police officer explains that it is 'illegal' to offend someone.
Daily Wire writes, "[someone] complained about being offended by speech offered up by a preacher standing off campus, an officer from the University of Texas at Austin issued a citation to said preacher.
According to the Daily Caller, "the preacher was an intern with Campus Ministry USA "speaking out against STDs, warning against anal sex." The university explained that "the officer was responding to students who claimed to be 'verbally harassed' by the intern-preacher."
The main officer featured in the video says that "we had somebody offended by the gestures you were making." He acknowledges that the preacher was "not on campus," but says he was "offending students on the campus."
"Does freedom of speech protect offensive speech?" asks the preacher.
The stunning answer from the officer: "It doesn’t matter freedom of speech, someone was offended, that's against the law."
"Sorry, can you say that again? It’s against the law to offend somebody?" the preacher asks in disbelief.
"Yes. Yes," he adamantly answers without hesitation.
The officer cites the words "anus" and "penis" when asked about what specifically was offensive.
The preacher asks, "So there will be a hearing for me using the word anus and penis in public?"
"The judge will take care of it," answers another officer.
"We write so many of them, I can’t answer that question for you," explains one of the officers after the preacher asks how many other times they have written someone up for "offending" someone.