Free speech battle stirs at UCSD over Kate Steinle posters

Posted at 6:36 PM, Dec 20, 2017
and last updated 2017-12-20 21:50:07-05

SAN DIEGO (KGTV) - A college student says he’s facing campus-wide backlash from hanging up images of a woman who died after being shot by an illegal immigrant in 2015.

A court ruled in November than Steinle’s death was an accident and the man was acquitted of both murder and manslaughter.

Gregory Lu says he wanted to express his opinion on the verdict so he hung roughly 150 posters of Steinle’s face with ‘She had dreams too’ printed under.

“We wanted our voices to be heard as well,” said Lu. Lu says within hours all the posters had been torn down and the senior got an email for UCSD’s office of harassment and discrimination asking to meet with him.

The UCSD College Democrats called the the posters of Steinle ‘displays or hate’ that targeted the documented community.

“They have their right to free speech,” said College Democrat Liam Barrett, “but what they want is to say what they want without being called out.”

Multiple requests for comment made to UCSD on the matter have yet to be returned.

Lu says he is working with an attorney if the bias investigation from him hanging the posters progress