Former BSU Professor Arrested For Defacing Lincoln Statue With Feces And Paint

We have been discussing campaigns against Lincoln statues as well as the destruction of such statues.  The latest example is in Boise, Idaho where former Boise State University adjunct professor Terry Wilson, 37, has been arrested for defacing a Lincoln statue. He has previously served as a spokesperson for Black Lives Matter in Boise. Both BLM and Antifa groups were reportedly involved in the defacing of the statue.

While it is rare for academics to be involved in such destructive protests, other professors have supported such criminal acts including Professor Sarah Parchak at the University of Alabama who supplied instructions on how to topple such monuments. As we have also previously discussed, one professor called for more Trump supporters to be killed. Another called for strangling police. Rhode Island Professor Erik Loomis, who writes for the site Lawyers, Guns, and Money, said he saw “nothing wrong” with the killing of a conservative protester — a view defended by other academics.

According to the police report, “Seated Lincoln” was splattered with  red paint and feces. A Black Lives Matter flag was wrapped around its neck and signs around the statue read, “Defund the police,” and, “The prison industrial complex is modern day slavery.”

Wilson was identified by the police through “both physical and electronic evidence.” When they approached Wilson with an arrest warrant, he reportedly fled but was captured.  The report states that he was “found to be in possession of a firearm, marijuana and drug paraphernalia.”

Until December, Wilson worked as an adjunct professor at BSU. A graduated of BSU’s School of Public Service, he  taught University Foundations general education courses at Boise State. He also maintained a Twitter account Exegesis Joe that advocated for defunding the police and other causes.

I have previously disagreed with the campaign to remove Lincoln statues.  However, we can have civil and productive debates about that history. That type of passionate and informed debate is what defines our colleges and universities as educational institutions.  For that reason, it is particularly distressing to see current or former academics supporting these destructive protests.

For Wilson, he is now looking at an array of charges. Ordinarily, a defense attorney would be looking for a plea bargain to drop the drug counts in favor on a one or two count plea. It is not clear if Wilson would accept such a plea which ordinarily involves an express apology and acceptance of responsibility. Wilson’s Twitter account shows someone with long stated and deeply seated views that may make such a public statement more difficult for defense counsel to secure. It is possible to reach a deal without such an admission, but it can reduce the inclination of the court to sentence the client within the recommended range of the plea.

148 thoughts on “Former BSU Professor Arrested For Defacing Lincoln Statue With Feces And Paint”

  1. “For that reason, it is particularly distressing to see current or former academics supporting these destructive protests.” — Jonathan Turley

    How “destructive” was it, Jonathan? Really. Do tell us. In the grand scheme of things, how bad was this?

    1. According to the following, from the city of Boise, there was “no damage to the statue.”

      https://www.cityofboise.org/news/police/2021/march/suspect-arrested-after-investigation-involving-lincoln-statue/

      Previously Released: February 1, 2021

      “Just before 8:00 this morning Boise Police responded to a report of vandalism at a bronze statue of Seated Lincoln in Julia Davis Park. Officers began an investigation which included evidence shared on social media. Crews from the City of Boise Parks and Recreation Department had the paint, feces and signs cleaned up a short time later. There was no damage to the statue. ”

    2. “How “destructive” was it, Jonathan? Really. Do tell us. In the grand scheme of things, how bad was this?”
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      What would be the response if I did this to the MLK statue? That could give you a hint.

      1. In Boise:

        “Idaho Anne Frank Memorial defaced with swastika stickers”

        https://apnews.com/article/race-and-ethnicity-anne-frank-coronavirus-pandemic-boise-idaho-b1b0b8c072c957f88b93cc9aaca4c6a6

        In Pueblo:

        “Martin Luther King, Jr. statue in Pueblo cleaned after being vandalized”

        https://krdo.com/news/2020/07/31/martin-luther-king-jr-statue-in-pueblo-cleaned-after-being-vandalized/

        This kind of “vandalism” happens a lot. “In the grand scheme of things,” it’s not that important.

        1. “This kind of “vandalism” happens a lot. “In the grand scheme of things,” it’s not that important.”
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          Your ‘grand scheme’ is rather small.

          History, monuments, and respect for those who have gone before us are ornaments of civilization and that is why they so often are targeted by Morlocks set on restoring chaos and destruction. Is there anything you would hope to preserve other than your smug, self-satisfied state of ignorance?

  2. How accurate is this, Jonathan?

    About his arrest:

    ‘When they approached Wilson with an arrest warrant, he reportedly fled but was captured. The report states that he was “found to be in possession of a firearm, marijuana and drug paraphernalia.”’

    https://www.idahostatejournal.com/freeaccess/black-lives-matter-boise-activist-charged-with-lincoln-statue-vandalism-injured-during-arrest/article_0b1a150e-52b3-55af-a550-772ee5b7d840.html

    “Wilson said his arrest at the home of his children’s grandmother in Boise was unnecessarily violent. He said police entered the property, forced him outside, and held him on the ground. Wilson, who is a Stage 4 Hodgkins Lymphoma survivor and has a port in his chest, said he was thrown to the ground in front of his wife and children, who began to videotape the incident.

    “The Black Lives Matter activist and criminologist was worried the impact would rip the port open. His family indicated to the officers during the arrest that Wilson had cancer and is still sick. Medical records show he was given a CT scan on his head and spine, and had X-rays taken on his shoulder and hip. Wilson said he has bruises on his chest and is sore, has a hip contusion, and shared a photograph of a gash across his shoulder.”

    So he’s a ‘Stage 4 Hodgkins Lymphoma survivor’ who still ‘has a port in his chest’…

    Anyway we’ll see where this whole mess goes…

  3. There’s usually more to these stories:

    https://www.idahostatejournal.com/freeaccess/black-lives-matter-boise-activist-charged-with-lincoln-statue-vandalism-injured-during-arrest/article_0b1a150e-52b3-55af-a550-772ee5b7d840.html

    “Temporary chalk-paint” was used.

    As for the feces:

    https://www.idahopress.com/news/local/lincoln-statue-defacing-was-a-temporary-political-display-activist-says/article_c0f99d16-c418-5ac2-8bd7-d458c108559a.html

    ‘Regarding the police department’s report of feces as part of the vandalism, Hager said, “We didn’t put that there.”

    “No one did that,” she said. “… When we saw pictures of the feces they’re claiming we put there, it’s dog poop. It’s on a walking trail; people bring their dogs there all the time.”’

  4. Okay, Jonathan Turley, let’s start with the following — your title — which is perfect for many of the twits who follow you, here. (Turley-Twits seems apt.)

    “Former BSU Professor Arrested For Defacing Lincoln Statue With Feces And Paint” (That is your your inaccurate and misleading title.)

    The statue was not defaced with ‘paint’, but rather removeable chalk. Furthermore it doesn’t appear that there was any feces on the statue; the feces is reported to have been around the statue.

    And according to the following, from the city of Boise, there was “no damage to the statue.”

    https://www.cityofboise.org/news/police/2021/march/suspect-arrested-after-investigation-involving-lincoln-statue/

    Previously Released: February 1, 2021

    “Just before 8:00 this morning Boise Police responded to a report of vandalism at a bronze statue of Seated Lincoln in Julia Davis Park. Officers began an investigation which included evidence shared on social media. Crews from the City of Boise Parks and Recreation Department had the paint, feces and signs cleaned up a short time later. There was no damage to the statue. ”

    The “paint” was, apparently, removeable chalk. In one report, it was referred to as “paint chalk.” Whatever it was, it didn’t take long to remove. according to reports.

    1. There’s always more to these stories, but let’s paint the guy as a drug-user, too. Way to go, Jonathan. But you managed to get your followers, here, all whipped up…

      https://www.idahostatejournal.com/freeaccess/black-lives-matter-boise-activist-charged-with-lincoln-statue-vandalism-injured-during-arrest/article_0b1a150e-52b3-55af-a550-772ee5b7d840.html

      Excerpt:

      Wilson said he was carrying a cannabis vape pen on him which he uses for treatment with cancer in remission and alleges he is personally acquainted with Burch the arresting officer, who he attended a criminal justice program at Boise State University with. The university confirmed Thursday the officer was a student in its criminal justice program.

      “I was with my kids and my family, and they are now seeking mental health support because of what happened,” said Wilson, adding that his son expressed thinking his dad was going to die. “I am innocent and I plan to contest these charges,” he said in reference to vandalism and resisting arrest.

      Wilson acknowledged being a medical marijuana user — however Idaho law makes no exceptions for such use — and said he will accept whatever consequences come after the charges are reviewed by a jury of his peers. He is being represented by an attorney with the National Lawyer’s Guild.

      — Idaho State Journal

  5. The best place to find the scum of the earth is teaching on a campus full of brain crippled snowflake children who should be not seen and rarely heard.100 percent supported by the Citizen taxpayers. The worst part is they are also 100% illiterate fit only for a life on welfare and basement dwelling..

  6. Did this parasitic, hyphenated foreign invader say “Crazy Abe” Lincoln?
    ________________________________________________________

    “Lincoln’s Support for Resettlement”

    Lincoln’s ideological mentor was Henry Clay, the eminent American scholar, diplomat, and statesman. Because of his skill in the US Senate and House of Representatives, Clay won national acclaim as the “Great Compromiser” and the “Great Pacificator.” A slave owner who had humane regard for Blacks, he was prominent in the campaign to resettle free Blacks outside of the United States, and served as president of the American Colonization Society. Lincoln joined Clay’s embryonic Whig party during the 1830s. In an address given in 1858, Lincoln described Clay as “my beau ideal of a statesman, the man for whom I fought all of my humble life.”14

    The depth of Lincoln’s devotion to Clay and his ideals was expressed in a moving eulogy delivered in July 1852 in Springfield, Illinois. After praising Clay’s lifelong devotion to the cause of Black resettlement, Lincoln quoted approvingly from a speech given by Clay in 1827: “There is a moral fitness in the idea of returning to Africa her children,” adding that if Africa offered no refuge, Blacks could be sent to another tropical land. Lincoln concluded:15

    If as the friends of colonization hope, the present and coming generations of our countrymen shall by any means succeed in freeing our land from the dangerous presence of slavery, and, at the same time, in restoring a captive people to their long-lost fatherland, with bright prospects for the future, and this too, so gradually, that neither races nor individuals shall have suffered by the change, it will indeed be a glorious consummation.

    In January 1855, Lincoln addressed a meeting of the Illinois branch of the Colonization Society. The surviving outline of his speech suggests that it consisted largely of a well-informed and sympathetic account of the history of the resettlement campaign.16

    In supporting “colonization” of the Blacks, a plan that might be regarded as a “final solution” to the nation’s race question, Lincoln was upholding the views of some of America’s most respected figures.

    – Robert Morgan
    _____________

    The Naturalization Act of 1802, which required that citizens be “…free white person(s)…,” was in full force and effect in 1863 upon the issuance of the eminently unconstitutional Emancipation Proclamation and compelled the immediate deportation of freed slaves.

    A nation of laws which ignores laws is lawless.

    Treasonous capital cold cases are infinitely actionable.

  7. A little history:

    Back in December, the Anne Frank Memorial in Boise was painted with swastikas.

    “BSU President Marlene Tromp rightly condemned the vandalization of the Anne Frank Memorial in December 2020.”

    https://idahofreedom.org/former-boise-state-adjunct-professor-arrested-for-defacing-lincoln-statue/

    From Dr. Tromp’s Facebook page this past December:

    “Dr. Marlene Tromp is at Anne Frank Human Rights Memorial.

    Boise, ID ·

    This week, one of our city’s most beautiful landmarks, the Anne Frank Memorial, was defaced with swastikas and the message “We are everywhere.”

    We condemn the hatred, violence and racism that these symbols and words represent. We recognize the hurt and grief that they produce and hope that, for our Jewish community, the first night of Hanukkah brought some peace, hope and light. We affirm that everyone in our community should be treated with respect and dignity, that no one should live in fear. In the words of former Idaho Governor Cecil Andrus, which are featured at the memorial, “Let us always reject the forces of hatred and bigotry.” Yesterday, the symbols of hate were removed, and the memorial was strewn with flowers and messages that read, “We are everywhere. We choose love.” We will continue to take action by fostering the important dialogue around these issues, educating, and bringing people together across divides.

    We invite you to listen to a conversation that took place on campus on International Human Rights Day yesterday with faith leaders from across our community.”

    https://www.facebook.com/DrMarleneTromp/?__xts__%5B0%5D=68.ARDZ3Ce5MX9tArtbSFU30N6XioI8OWCBtDR5xlEmkzHhihTwcMhhIpATBVK3eBDBOTs-Ckz9eCLkEnqfv5g9rTuVeP9GcCXSgxKB5jth9XuiYAOXefzIQU4RHv31Sq2A4g0EAYer_w0dzIAkSbWseDYEqgOr4KMXpf5S5uFG5SYbcehTWlDhfaX4g4I3ubfV06e8pBtguVkO8MyzvT9i64XxIEma41N7oxeDSHOFb6rnHZorATCv24usdBEDDVw-GEl3AFDNybEqJjh6iThqByvyvChivFaEB4tgHN1l7LiID2n7AUfHMl4g_R4NuxVMuYJ1gIkskiEf

  8. I think they should get their CV together to join ISIS. They show the intolerance and eagerness to destroy art they disagree with that Islamic State seeks.

    It also takes a special kind of stupid to target monuments to the man who freed the slaves, because no historical figure can live up to 2020 standards. No one in 2020 will live up to the standards of 2220, either.

    I can’t think of any other civilization who engaged in a bloody civil war in order to free an enslaved people. Slavery had existed throughout human history, on every continent, and in every culture that I know of. So people have had eons to end it. Slavery still exists in Africa.

    If the deaths of 618,222 people and the maiming of countless others so that slavery could end and people could be free, is not enough, then nothing ever shall be.

  9. Terrible Terry was upset when he found out that Lincoln was responsible for signing the law that made owning another person as property. Terry would probably like to bring slavery back. I do not hear him objecting to the 26 MILLION people (according to the UN) that live today as SLAVES! Apparently that is not important enough to raise your voice and protest.

  10. Professor Turley has pointed out some things that we all should be disturbed by. This post is about a pattern of people who are teaching the younger generation that it is permissible to deface property and even kill Republicans. Instead of condemning the call to violence we have our commenters on this post making childish jokes about poo poo. Destroying property and advocating the killing of members of an opposing party by someone with influence over our students is a serious matter that those on both the left and the right should be concerned with. What do you do instead? You jump to another unimportant side note to in affect defend the actions of the destroyers and those calling for death. Every day you rant with great moralistic fervor but you utter nary a word of condemnation against those on your side who call for the killing of other humans. Perhaps you like the possibility of blood dripping from your pens.

    1. Bravo Thinkitthrough, and thank you. I sometimes read these comments and think not only of the propaganda our youths are fed at American colleges (-and then they are disciplined if they object), but also the immaturity of some (not all) of the commenters. (I know this is off-topic, and I apologize, but I also read comments in another post about removing qualified immunity for police– half of the commenters with the strongest opinions appeared to have no idea what qualified immunity even means (legally). Instead of classroom debate that compels consideration of others’ views, we are reduced to the lowest common denominator of intelligent discussion, ending in cancel culture of any legitimate thought.

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