Jensen: Suny Brockport to Give Convicted Murderer a Platform

A Statement from Assemblyman Josh Jensen (R,C,I-Greece) on SUNY Brockport inviting Anthony Bottom to speak on campus

“I ask that SUNY Brockport rescind its invitation to Anthony Bottom to be featured as a guest speaker on campus. Mr. Bottom, who now identifies as Jalil Muntaqim, is the convicted murderer of two New York City police officers. What type of message would we be sending to young college students to call someone who played a role in the assassination of two members of law enforcement a “political prisoner?” What message does it send to criminal justice majors on campus? What message does it send to our law enforcement? Allowing for academic freedom and diversity of thought among college students is incredibly important, however, granting this opportunity to a convicted cop killer is wholly misguided.

“It is incredibly inappropriate and downright wrong to give Mr. Bottom a platform at a taxpayer funded institution, and I ask that SUNY Brockport reconsider its choice of this guest speaker.”