President Obama speaks to a crowd in Omaha, Nebraska, Jan. 13, 2016 (Photo: C-Span)
An anti-gun professor with a “f–k police officers” Facebook screed was part of a select group of activists invited by the White House to a Nebraska event on Wednesday. She was the only one given the opportunity to meet Obama in a greeting line.
Amanda Gailey, associate professor of English at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, and nine other members of Nebraskans Against Gun Violence were invited by Obama to attend this week’s speech at Baxter Arena in Omaha, Nebraska.
Obama used the town hall event to talk about gun control, the 10 executive orders he signed that redefine a gun “dealer” to include many private citizens, and other policies he will push before leaving office.
Roughly 8,000 people attended the event.
“I think it’s just wonderful that Obama has made this a policy priority,” Gailey told JournalStar.com on Tuesday. “I hope that it results in bringing this issue to the forefront of the political conversation in our state as the legislative session begins.”
The website BizPac Review examined the professors Facebook page on Thursday, which revealed a “f–k”-laced rant aimed at Ohio cops.
The outburst came on the same day a grand jury cleared two Cleveland, Ohio, police officers of the November 2014 fatal shooting of 12-year-old Tamir Rice. Officer Timothy Loehmann shot the boy, who brandished an Airsoft replica of a .45-caliber semiautomatic handgun, after exiting his vehicle.
Officer Loehmann was not told by radio personnel that Rice was a juvenile or that the gun may be a toy.
“F–k the racists who think black children look like adults. F–k a legal and police system that allows grown white men to pose with sniper rifles on a universitiy campus or in a grocery store and allows insurrectionists to train guns on government agents with no consequences but sounds the alarms when a black child is carrying a toy gun,” said Gailey Dec. 28.
“F–k police officers who undertook a job that carries inherent risk but think any perceived threat to them whatsoever justifies instantaneous lethal force.”
Amanda Gailey, associate professor of English at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, was 1 of 10 people invited by the White House personally invited to hear the president’s speech in Omaha, Nebraska, Jan. 8, 2016 (Photo: Facebook, Amanda Gaily)
Cuyahoga County Prosecutor Tim McGinty held a news conference after the grand jury’s decision was announced. He called the events leading up to Rice’s death a “perfect storm of human error, mistakes and miscommunications by all involved that day,” Reuters reported.
Rice’s family has filed a civil lawsuit over the boy’s death.