SWC Drops Case Against Suspended Profs Shortly Before Free Speech Protest
At 9:44 am this morning, Acting Superintendent/President Nicholas Alioto issued a message addressed to "the college community," informing us that the District has decided not to pursue criminal charges against Dinorah Guadiana-Costa, Philip Lopez, and Andrew Rempt. In the message, sent to college employees globally via email, Alioto wrote,
"in consultation with the College Police Department, . . . administration has demonstrated its desire to move forward together and the College Police have agreed to discontinue the investigation."
The email came out roughly an hour and fifteen minutes before the start of a Free Speech Rally scheduled to begin at 11:00 am.
The protest continued as planned….My guess: President Chopra is toast.
Meanwhile, no word yet on how the recent turn of events will affect the letters of reprimand placed in the three professors' files.
See also Congressman Filner, ACLU blast college restraint of free speech (the Sun)
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