Arizona State Student Sues After Being Terminated Over Report on Jacob Blake’s Criminal Record

An Arizona State College student is suing after she was fired from the college’s radio station for tweeting about Jacob Blake’s previous accusations of sexual assault.

“Attorney Jack D. Wilenchik has sent a letter to the public university instructing them to either rehire Rae’Lee Klein, a Cheyenne, Wyoming native, at Blaze Radio or provide monetary damages for violating her First Amendment rights,” Fox News reports.

Klein tweeted a link detailing sex assault claims against Blake in August, describing the reason for the 911 call that led Kenosha cops to the encounter with Blake.

“Always more to the story, folks,” said Klein in a tweet with a New York Post article. “Please read this article to get the background of Jacob Blake’s warrant. You’ll be quite disgusted.”

“I was reading through it and I just thought it was super interesting and enlightening and a part of the story we haven’t been told yet,” said Klein.

“I was just trying to do A, what I was assigned to do and B, what I thought was my job as a journalist, which is to share an important part of the story,” said Klein.

Klein’s tweet provoked anger and students started a petition calling for her removal as station manager.

“After recent tweets regarding Jacob Blake, Rae Lee Klein has proven that her facts are biased and not welcomed by all,” the petition statement read.

A complaint against Blake led to felony charges being filed in July accusing him of sexually assaulting a woman in May. Police arrived at the scene in August. 23, after the alleged victim in the case had called 911 saying that he was violating a restraining order and had stolen her car keys. Blake, pleaded not guilty to the charges earlier this month via video from his hospital bed. A trial date was set for Nov. 9.

Cell phone video captured Blake’s interaction with the police which spawned protests and rioting around the country.

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About Catherine Smith

Catherine Smith is a newcomer to Washington D.C. She met and married an American journalist and moved to D.C. from the U.K. She graduated with a B.A. in Graphics, Media, and Communications and worked in design and retail in the U.K.

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