In a tweet yesterday, the College Republicans (CR) of California State University, Fullerton (CSUF), @CSUFGOP, claims that:
A man claiming to be a professor has assaulted one of our protesters. We are in contact with the police.
According to the Orange County Register, Breitbart and Campus Reform, about 45 members of a CSUF student club, Students for Justice in Palestine, held a rally and march yesterday against President Trump’s executive order temporarily barring immigrants from seven Muslim-majority countries.
Another student group, CSUF Republicans, held a much smaller counter-protest.
Eric Canin, a part time anthropology professor, approached the College Republicans group as they were marching, and attempted to rip away the sign College Republican Jared Lopez was holding. Another College Republican, Bryce Ignalls, saw what was happening and tried to separate the professor from the student. Canin then struck Ignalls in the face.
Christopher Boyle, president of CSUF College Republicans, said:
“I saw a man who had told us he was a professor attacking Bryce Ingalls, and immediately intervened to physically restrain him until police arrived to apprehended him. At the time, students identified him as anthropology professor Eric Canin. A quick google search and the police report confirmed this. Eric Canin is a part time anthropology professor here at CSUF, and he took offense to our presence during the protest, and assaulted one of my College Republicans, Bryce Ingalls. It’s unfortunate that young republicans and College Republicans can’t take their safety for granted on campus and get attacked for their views. I felt shocked that this kind of violence could take place on our campus. Our job on campus is to stand up for republicans and conservatives and when I see anyone especially a professor physically attacking a student I feel like it’s my responsibility to step in and be the safeguard that republican students deserve. After he assaulted a student, I put him under a citizens arrest and I want to make sure he is going to be held accountable.”
Amanda McGuire, vice president of the CSUF College Republicans, said:
“The CRs organized a counter protest, with just signs, to multiple student organizations who created an Anti-’Muslim Ban’/Anti-Trump protest, which consisted of speakers and various activities. After some time they began to march around the campus with our group following no less than 100-200 feet behind. Along the route a professor came up and started asking questions asking if there were any professors with us (there wasn’t) [and] stating that only uneducated people would be out here counter protesting.
[Professor Eric Canin] continued to engage our group even though some of our members were over the conversation, and finally I turned and saw him lunge for a sign. Another member steps in between and he gets shoved, so he shoves back. Professor Canin managed to also push an ASI (student government) student [who was] trying to break up the scuffle.
I thought it was awful. We started the counter-protest displaying our views on immigration and students got to see other people who held different views. The professor’s actions were completely wrong and unwarranted to respond in a physically violent way to a student on the basis of simply disagreeing with his politics.”
CSUF campus police department said a report has been filed for “battery” and that one of the CR members wishes to press charges. Ali Deway, a senior at CSUF, observed that “People would already be in cuffs if this was done to the Democrats.”
Following the incident, Jeffrey D. Cook, the chief communications officer for California State University, Fullerton, declared on Twitter that “any violent incident, however isolated, cannot be tolerated and is unacceptable.” But in a later tweet on Feb. 8, CSUF College Republicans said:
“It appears that the professor that assaulted one of our members will not be penalized. We’ll keep you updated!”
Hannah Reams, a junior at CSUF, said, “Since Eric Canin is not a tenured professor, we encourage concerned citizens to call or email the school to ask for corrective action.”
Here’s contact info.:
- Eric Canin
Part-time faculty in cultural anthropology
- Mildred García, Ed.D.
2600 Nutwood Avenue, CP-1000
Fullerton, CA 92831