Big League Politics has reported extensively on the case of Lucas Gerhard, the former Lake Superior State University (LSSU) student who was expelled from school and charged with making terrorist threats for posting a picture of a rifle on social media.

One crucial aspect of the case is the repressive campus atmosphere that resulted in Gerhard being profiled as a potential threat. This set the stage for his Snapchat post of the so-called “assault rifle” allowed them to use law enforcement to strike back against a conservative rabble-rouser who campus officials wanted out of their hair.

We have obtained documents showing the institutional conspiracy that was waged against Gerhard, an proud conservative who was not shy about sharing his beliefs on campus, and how a file maintained by LSSU staff based largely on anonymous snitching was used to paint him as a terrorist threat in the courts.

The probable cause affidavit from the 91st District Court noted Gerhard’s “extreme political views” as being part of the reason his dorm room was searched, and although nothing illegal was found in the search, eventually leading to his arrest. His “extreme political views” were also listed in the search warrant as an excuse to seize information from his private Snapchat account in an attempt to enter his political posts as evidence during the trial.

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