An Arizona State University journalism student is suing the school after she was removed from her role at a student-run radio station for pointing out Jacob Blake had a warrant for his arrest over a sexual assault claim.
"Always more to the story, folks," wrote Klein in an Aug. 29 Twitter post, with the New York Post article detailing the felony sexual assault warrant for Blake and how he had shown up at the home of his alleged victim before being shot after resisting arrest.
"Please read this article to get the background of Jacob Blake's warrant," she wrote. "You'll be quite disgusted."
Following social media outrage over Klein's comment, the Blaze Radio's six-member board demanded Klein resign from her paid position. Klein refused to resign, saying she had done nothing wrong. She was then informed by the the dean of ASU's school of journalism that "staying on as station manager is not an option" for her.
"Obviously as student journalists, it's broken all the time as we’re learning to navigate social media," Klein said. "At the time of the removal, I still did not know what I had done wrong."
"The University must remain neutral on issues and matters such as this," the lawyer wrote, emphasizing that the ASU, as a public institution, is bounded by the First Amendment. "Taking the decision to remove Ms. Klein is not remaining neutral—it is picking a side."
A complaint filed in July accused Blake, 29, of criminal trespass, third-degree sexual assault, and disorderly conduct. Blake has pleaded not guilty to all three charges.
The criminal complaint, which was obtained by the New York Post, accused Blake of breaking into the home of a woman he knew and sexually assaulting her in May. The record states that the victim told police she was asleep when Blake broke into her home and sexually assaulted her.