Thursday, 4 Jun 2020

Trio allegedly set fire to libertarian activist’s Tulane dorm room

A trio was arrested for allegedly setting ablaze the door of a Tulane University dorm room assigned to a libertarian student activist, police said.

Robert Money, 21, David Shelton, 20, and Naima Okami, 20, face charges of aggravated arson for the Saturday evening fire at the campus in New Orleans, the Advocate reported.

The two men are enrolled at the university, while Okami was visiting from Brown University, according to the newspaper.

No motive has been released, but a Young Americans for Liberty member lives in the Weatherhead Hall dorm room. The victim, Peyton Lofton, is an officer for the libertarian organization.

“It’s a sad day in America when radical activists are lighting dorm rooms on fire because they disagree with you politically,” Lofton said in a statement.

The organization’s national president condemned the incident on Twitter as “absolutely unacceptable.”

“Dialogue and debate people… NOT VIOLENCE,” President Cliff Maloney tweeted. “Constitution-loving American college students should not fear for their safety

The alleged arsonists were booked into jail on $10,000 bond.

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