BROCKPORT, NY (WROC) – Convicted cop killer Jalil Muntaqim, officially known as Anthony Bottom, is still scheduled to speak at SUNY Brockport on April 6.
SUNY Brockport officials confirmed Tuesday that the state would not pay speaking fees for the event, but added that a private donor had stepped up to pay the 70-year-old parolee for his appearance.
College officials say Bottom was asked to speak at the school by Dr Raphael Outland, from the counselor training department. The school also said it does not support the categorization of Bottom as a “political prisoner”, as event organizers originally described him, but does respect the rights of body members. professor to call it that.
Brockport said if the event is in person, there may be a large number of police on campus. Some, according to the school, could be “traumatic” for some students. College offers students the option to skip classes on April 6and due to “personal safety concerns”.
Some Republican lawmakers in New York state on Tuesday called for Bottom’s engagement to be rescinded, the latest in a string of lawmakers calling on the school to do so, including:
- Assemblyman Ed Ra (R-Franklin Square)
- MP Mike Reilly (R-Rive-Sud)
- Assemblyman Joe Angelino (R, C, I-Norwich)
- Richie Wells – Chairman, NYPD Conference
- Assemblyman Michael Tannousis (R,C-Staten Island/Brooklyn)
- Assemblyman Keith Brown (R,C,I-Northport)
- MP Michael Lawler (R,C,I,SAM-Pearl River)
- Senator Anthony Palumbo (R-1st Senate Constituency)
SUNY Brockport says this event is about exercising academic freedom and that they are committed to expressing diverse viewpoints. The full letter from the Acting Provost is below: