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Coulter's Berkeley speech canceled, police prep for violence

Associated Press logo Associated Press 4/27/2017 By JOCELYN GECKER, Associated Press
Troy Worden, left, president of the Young Republicans and their attorney Harmeet Dhillon, right, talk with the media during a press conference held by the Berkeley College Republicans in Sproul Plaza on the University of California, Berkeley campus in Berkeley, Calif., on Wednesday, April 26, 2017. The event was held to discuss the cancellation of speaker Ann Coulter's appearance on campus. (Dan Honda/East Bay Times via AP) © The Associated Press Troy Worden, left, president of the Young Republicans and their attorney Harmeet Dhillon, right, talk with the media during a press conference held by the Berkeley College Republicans in Sproul Plaza on the University of California, Berkeley campus in Berkeley, Calif., on Wednesday, April 26, 2017. The event was held to discuss the cancellation of speaker Ann Coulter's appearance on campus. (Dan Honda/East Bay Times via AP)

BERKELEY, Calif. (AP) — Conservative pundit Ann Coulter says that while her speech at the University of California, Berkeley was canceled, she may still show up to say hello to her supporters.

Ashton Whitty, left, 21, and Hailey Carlson, right, 24, University of California, Berkeley students, make their feelings known during a press conference held by the Berkeley College Republicans in Sproul Plaza on the Cal campus in Berkeley, Calif., on Wednesday, April 26, 2017. The event was held to discuss the cancellation of speaker Ann Coulter's appearance on campus. (Dan Honda/East Bay Times via AP) © The Associated Press Ashton Whitty, left, 21, and Hailey Carlson, right, 24, University of California, Berkeley students, make their feelings known during a press conference held by the Berkeley College Republicans in Sproul Plaza on the Cal campus in Berkeley, Calif., on Wednesday, April 26, 2017. The event was held to discuss the cancellation of speaker Ann Coulter's appearance on campus. (Dan Honda/East Bay Times via AP)

Police and university officials say they're bracing for trouble Thursday whether or not she decides to show.

A protester uses a bullhorn to make her feelings known during a press conference held by the Berkeley College Republicans in Sproul Plaza on the UC Berkeley campus in Berkeley, Calif., on Wednesday, April 26, 2017. The event was held to discuss the cancellation of speaker Ann Coulter's appearance on campus. (Dan Honda/East Bay Times via AP) © The Associated Press A protester uses a bullhorn to make her feelings known during a press conference held by the Berkeley College Republicans in Sproul Plaza on the UC Berkeley campus in Berkeley, Calif., on Wednesday, April 26, 2017. The event was held to discuss the cancellation of speaker Ann Coulter's appearance on campus. (Dan Honda/East Bay Times via AP)

They say intelligence and online chatter by groups threatening to instigate violence over the acid-tongued Coulter has them on edge.

FILE - In this Feb. 12, 2011 file photo, Ann Coulter waves to the audience after speaking at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) in Washington. The University of California, Berkeley says it's preparing for possible violence on campus whether Coulter comes to speak or not. (AP Photo/Cliff Owen, File) © The Associated Press FILE - In this Feb. 12, 2011 file photo, Ann Coulter waves to the audience after speaking at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) in Washington. The University of California, Berkeley says it's preparing for possible violence on campus whether Coulter comes to speak or not. (AP Photo/Cliff Owen, File)

Coulter said in an email to The Associated Press that she might stroll across campus to greet supporters and "stroll around the graveyard of the First Amendment."

University officials canceled the speech for fear violence would break out. They offered the college Republicans, who had invited Coulter, a different date and venue for the speech, but were turned down.

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