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One arrested after protest at on-campus event

Lucas Cuni-Mertz & Chelsea Engstrom

One person was injured and arrested following a protest at an event hosted by Young Americans for Freedom Thursday night.  

Michael Knowles, a conservative political columnist for the Daily Wire, was giving a speech titled “Men are Not Women,” when the incident occurred.

According to a statement released on UMKC’s Twitter, “The protest turned disruptive, and after several warnings, the disruption persisted.”

After the incident, Knowles tweeted that a protester tried to throw bleach on him. After speaking with police, Knowles tweeted it was instead an odorous substance designed to smell like bleach.

According to a statement from Chancellor Mauli Agrawal released Friday morning, tests revealed the substance was “lavender oil and some other non-toxic household liquids.”

The arrested individual, Alexis Dabu, whose deadname is Gerard Dabu, was charged with assault and other violations.

Protesters outside the event were seen holding signs reading “Trans rights are human rights,” and “Knowles’ ideology kills trans women.”

Protesters inside the event originally planned to stage a silent walk-out at the event before heading to the Inclusion Spring Bash at the University Walkway.

The UMKC College Democrats were critical of the police response to the protest, saying the officers used a taser against an already “incapacitated youth.”

However, Mike Huth, a retired cop and use of force trainer, told KCTV5 the protester was resisting arrest and that the amount of force used was appropriate for the situation. 

UMKC says it will continue to gather facts on the incident and review campus policies and procedures.

Stay tuned for more updates as they become available.

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  1. Thank you to law enforcement and security for handling the situation swiftly! We must protect the rights of everyone to freedom of speech without threats of violence such as this. No one should have to fear having bleach or any other substance thrown at them for simply speaking their views.

  2. Great job by the police. Pretty soon these SJW’s will learn the hard way. Sane folks are sick of these people & of the Dems socialists. Men are men & women are women.

  3. The deranged left:

    “Your free speech is violence”

    “My violence is free speech”

    This will not end well. These kids need to grow up, though I hold out little hope.

  4. its not a protest when you start shooting people with liquids that they are not sure what they are. its you being a whiny arrested developed child who is throwing a tantrum when no one listens.

  5. A person with XX is called female and XY male. If a person wants to change their gender they can with the help of drugs and surgery but they will always have the same sex chromosomes. You can wear a bra with implants just like a female but you can’t change your XX or XY sex chromosomes no matter what you do. So deal with it because I don’t care what you do.

  6. its pretty sad that queers an dykes are given precedence over traditional values its amwrica loseing sight of itself

  7. Just a detail; I seriously doubt that KCMOPD used Mace.If you check with departament media contactos, I AM sure they Will tell you that police use CP pepper spray these days, which is completely harmless.

  8. Anyone else read the vile article at The Kansas City Star titled “At UMKC, a D-List conservative was sad to be squirted with the makings of a bubble bath”? It’s also mirror on archiveis and archiveorg in case they delete it.

    They excused this assault and one could say, given the tone of the article, that they are applauding it. They, like much of the media, are trying to normalize assault on individuals on the right to try and shut down different views. The authoritarian left in action.

  9. There’s a lot of transphobia in the comments.
    Knowles should join Westboro Baptist. I’m sure he’d enjoy fellowship of his own kind.
    I find it strange that if a student (according to the information we received at our symposium) said this kind of stuff we’d be in violation, but this creep can present hate and nonsense.


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