The Mustang, campus paper of California Polytechnic State University, is reporting that a man distributing Neo-Nazi and white power propaganda on campus was punched in the face by an unnamed assailant. He was passing out literature in front of a library on campus that advertised the “American Nazi Party” and “White Power.” The fliers also carried a swastika.
The assailant, who had partially covered their face, ran away after throwing the punch. The incident took place at around 1:00 p.m. local time. While University Police were first summoned to the scene before the punch to address a hate speech incident, the man was not breaking any laws, and police took no action, deeming him protected by his First Amendment rights.
Police were summoned again after the punch, but the victim refused to give his name or file a police report. Because he did not file a police report, the battery was effectively not reported. Police are not investigating further.