Loughner video with ‘genocide’ and ‘torture’ ramblings is released


A YouTube video that prompted the suspension of Tucson shooting suspect Jared Lee Loughner in September was released Friday by officials at Pima Community College and included rambling statements such as “We are examining the torture of students” and “This is genocide in America.”

The video, no longer on the website, was released to The Times following a public records request and offers the extended example of Loughner’s voice.

A campus police officer who saw the video “positively recognized the voice and the reflection in the window as student Jared Loughner,” according to a school police report. That same officer had removed Loughner from his biology class Sept. 23 after a disruptive outburst.

The video, titled “Pima Community College School - Genocide/Scam - Free Education - Broken United States Constitution,” was created shortly after the biology class incident in which Loughner was escorted to an administrator’s office, campus police said. It was taped on the college campus, according to school police.

In the video, Loughner states, “The war that we are in right now is currently illegal under the Constitution”; “This is my genocide school. Where I’m going to be homeless because of this school”; “I haven’t forgotten the teacher that gave me a B for freedom of speech”; “This is Pima Community College, one of the biggest scams in America”; “If the student is unable to locate the external universe, the student is unable to locate the internal universe”; and “Thank you.... This is Jared … from Pima College.”

Within hours of seeing the video, college police officers arrived at Loughner’s home and delivered a letter of immediate suspension to Loughner and his father, Randy, school police reports said.

The video was no longer on YouTube as of this week. It was unclear who deleted it, and exactly when it was taken off the website.